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Coralville biotech company to produce millions of test kits for coronavirus

Integrated DNA Technologies (IDT) in Coralville announced on Monday that it has received approval to make kits to test for coronavirus.

As of March 9th, IDT had manufactured more than one million CDC-approved tests primer and probe kits. Beginning this week, the company expects to produce enough primer and probe kits for 5 million tests on a weekly basis.

Integrated DNA Technologies was the first company in the nation to have their kits approved by the UCDC. In addition to producing the 5 million primer and probe kits for coronavirus tests each week, IDT will also continue to supply another great need. They’ll be producing those same kits for research laboratories who are working to develop a vaccine for the COVID-19 virus.

“We are honored to be the first company in the nation to have our primer and probe kits approved by the CDC for use as a key component of the CDC EUA testing protocol for the diagnosis and detection of COVID-19,” said IDT President Trey Martin, in an announcement.

All kits are being manufactured at the Coralville headquarters in cleanrooms to prevent contamination. The company has previously developed components of tests for the Ebola and Zika viruses and H1N1.


  • Shaban Hajdari
    Posted March 19, 2020 at 7:36 am

    This is actually really good news. I have heard that there is a town in the states that managed to preemptively stop the spread by blanket testing all its 3000+ inhabitants. This is really good news.

  • Ben Milne
    Posted March 21, 2020 at 2:32 pm

    This is great to read! Does anyone know how many of these test kits will be delivered to Iowa hospitals and made available to people in Iowa? So thankful IDT is here.

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