Applied DNA Sciences (APDN) Announces Partnership with CLEARED4 on Pooled COVID-19 Surveillance Test
Updated: Aug 14, 2021
Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: APDN) announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Applied DNA Clinical Laboratories, LLC (ADCL) has entered into a reseller and sales referral partnership with CLEARED4, a field-proven, New York-based provider of return-to-work health safety solutions. Under the terms of the partnership, ADCL can resell subscriptions to CLEARED4’s platform as part of ADCL’s safeCircle™ pooled COVID-19 surveillance testing program, and CLEARED4 can refer its clients seeking pooled COVID-19 surveillance testing to ADCL.
The companies have integrated ADCL’s safeCircle laboratory testing operations with CLEARED4’s return-to-work health safety platform as a value-added option for current and prospective ADCL clients. CLEARED4 has also integrated ADCL’s cost-effective pooled surveillance testing solution into its HIPAA-compliant platform and can offer safeCircle to its existing and prospective clients to enhance their COVID-19 safety protocols. The CLEARED4 platform recently issued its one-millionth return-to-work Access Pass to its national client base that is attracted by the platform’s highly customizable user experience: mobile text and email messaging; a suite of health-centric modules for surveys and contact tracing and reporting; on-site kiosks; and now integrated with safeCircle’s PCR-based pooled surveillance testing and reporting to manage valuable COVID-19 clearance and to help empower safe re-openings. ADCL can now offer clients new platform management features following safeCircle’s integration with CLEARED4, including the ability to automate the management and monitoring of clients’ surveillance testing programs and ensure timely communication of valuable testing program results and quarantine compliance.
ADCL’s newest safeCircle client, the Suffolk County (N.Y.) Government, is utilizing CLEARED4 to manage the reporting of COVID-19 pooled surveillance testing for portions of its workforce. Applied DNA also recently purchased an end-user license to deploy the CLEARED4 platform for its own internal pooled surveillance testing program for its employees.
Dr. James A. Hayward, president and CEO, Applied DNA, said, “Partnering with CLEARED4 aligns with our growth expectations for the safeCircle platform and is especially functional for scaling high-volume clients. Identifying potential infections early and in a cost-efficient and rapid manner is how pooled surveillance testing gets workers back to work, students back to school, and communities to reopen. With business momentum increasing, we look to grow and service our safeCircle client base with partners who offer value-added features.”
Dr. Suomi Eachempati, CEO of Chelsea Health Solutions and Cleared4, and former Professor of Surgery and Public Health at Weill Cornell Medical School, stated, “The partnership between Applied DNA and CLEARED4 offers an unmatched level of COVID-19 risk mitigation and management to schools and businesses. CLEARED4’s medically-based software platform has already yielded over one million access passes. We are poised to create millions more through this partnership and expansion into entertainment and sporting venues, as well as dining and travel uses, with our novel vaccine verification technique.”
ADCL’s pooled surveillance testing program, known as safeCircle™, utilizes frequent, high-sensitivity pooled testing to help prevent virus spread by quickly identifying infections within a community, school, or workplace. safeCircle provides 24-hour results using real-time PCR (RT-PCR) testing.
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About the Linea™ COVID-19 Assay Kit and Pooled Surveillance Testing
The Linea™ COVID-19 Assay Kit is authorized by FDA EUA for the qualitative detection of nucleic acid from SARS-CoV-2 in respiratory specimens, including anterior nasal swabs, self-collected at a healthcare location or collected by a healthcare worker, and nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swabs, mid-turbinate nasal swabs, nasopharyngeal washes/aspirates or nasal aspirates, and bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) specimens collected by a healthcare worker from individuals who are suspected of COVID-19 by their healthcare provider. The scope of the Linea™ COVID-19 Assay Kit EUA, as amended, is expressly limited to use consistent with the Instructions for Use by authorized laboratories, certified under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) to perform high complexity tests. The EUA will be effective until the declaration that circumstances exist justifying the authorization of the emergency use of in vitro diagnostics for detection and/or diagnosis of COVID-19 is terminated or until the EUA’s prior termination or revocation. The diagnostic kit has not been FDA cleared or approved, and the EUA’s limited authorization is only for the detection of nucleic acid from SARS-CoV-2, not for any other viruses or pathogens.
The Company is offering surveillance testing in compliance with current CDC, FDA, and CMS guidances. The use of saliva and pooled sampling for surveillance testing, which has been internally validated by the Company in compliance with current surveillance testing guidances, is not included in the Company’s EUA authorization for the Linea™ COVID-19 Assay Kit.
About Applied DNA Sciences
Applied DNA is a provider of molecular technologies that enable supply chain security, anti-counterfeiting and anti-theft technology, product genotyping, and pre-clinical nucleic acid-based therapeutic drug candidates.
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