Company’s technical, scientific expertise applied to fight the virus in Austria
Working with the University Medical Clinic in Tulln, Austria, Erber Group researchers use polymerase chain reaction (PCR), a methodology routinely used in molecular biology, to develop solutions for a safer, more sustainable food system. PCR testing is also used to test for coronavirus. To date, nearly 1,500 tests for COVID-19 have been conducted, after the number of cases started to rise in mid-March.
Feed Strategy recently asked a company spokesperson to talk more about Erber Group’s efforts to fight COVID-19.
Feed Strategy: How did Erber Group get involved with COVID-19 testing?
Erber Group: Our research teams at Biomin and throughout Erber Group are in close contact with other research institutions across the world and in local communities. The Biomin Research Center is just a short walk from the Tulln Medical Clinic.
FS: What did the company do to help expand testing for the virus?
EG: Providing lab space, access to equipment and materials, sharing know-how and processing thousands of samples were all a part of the effort. We’re proud of the ERBER Group researchers who volunteered their time to processing samples and sharing their know-how with the Tulln Medical Clinic’s team.
FS: Is the technology being used new or has it been adapted from some other use?
EG: These are standard methods and processes using PCR – a widespread analytical technology for COVID testing.
FS: Who is using the testing system now and how widely is it used?
EG: The Tulln Medical Clinic continues to support the local hospital network with COVID testing, now with greater capacity than ever. The actual case numbers in Austria have declined significantly.
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