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Press release Biocartis Group NV: Biocartis’ Idylla™ SARS-CoV-2 testing Successfully Detects Omicron Variant

PRESS RELEASE: 9 December 2021, 07:00 CET

Biocartis Idylla™ SARS-CoV-2 testing Successfully Detects Omicron Variant

Mechelen, Belgium, 9 December 2021 – Biocartis Group NV (the ‘Company’ or ‘Biocartis’), an innovative molecular diagnostics company (Euronext Brussels: BCART), today announces that the Company performed an in-silico analysis which concluded that the Idylla™ SARS-CoV-2 Test (CE-IVD) and the Idylla™ SARS-CoV-2/Flu/RSV1 Panel (CE-IVD) detect the currently available B.1.1.529/Omicron sequences, the new variant of concern causing COVID-19 disease.

The Idylla™ SARS-CoV-2 Test and Idylla™ SARS-CoV-2/Flu/RSV Panel have a dual target technology built in the assay, which increases resilience against mutations like those found in Omicron.

The Idylla™ SARS-CoV-2 Test is an automated rRT-PCR2 test intended for the qualitative detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA in nasopharyngeal swab specimens from individuals suspected of COVID-19 by their healthcare provider. The Idylla™ SARS-CoV-2/Flu/RSV Panel is a fully automated rRT-PCR test intended for the detection of SARS-CoV-2, Flu A, Flu B and RSV nucleic acids in nasopharyngeal swab specimens from individuals suspected of respiratory infections by their healthcare provider. Both tests have results available in 90 minutes with less than 2 minutes hands-on time3.

Biocartis is performing regular in-silico analysis for current and emerging strains. More info on the Idylla™ SARS-CoV-2 testing solutions can be found on the Biocartis website here.

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Renate Degrave
Head of Corporate Communications & Investor Relations Biocartis
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About Biocartis

Biocartis (Euronext Brussels: BCART) is an innovative molecular diagnostics (MDx) company providing next generation diagnostic solutions aimed at improving clinical practice for the benefit of patients, clinicians, payers and industry. Biocartis' proprietary MDx Idylla™ platform is a fully automated sample-to-result, real-time PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) system that offers accurate, highly reliable molecular information from virtually any biological sample in virtually any setting. Biocartis is developing and marketing a continuously expanding test menu addressing key unmet clinical needs, with a focus in oncology, which represents the fastest growing segment of the MDx market worldwide. Today, Biocartis offers tests supporting melanoma, colorectal and lung cancer, as well as for COVID-19, flu, RSV and sepsis. More information: www.biocartis.com. Follow us on Twitter: @Biocartis_.

Biocartis and Idylla™ are registered trademarks in Europe, the United States and other countries. The Biocartis and Idylla™ trademark and logo are used trademarks owned by Biocartis. Please refer to the product labeling for applicable intended uses for each individual Biocartis product. The Idylla™ SARS-CoV-2 products contains SuperScript™ III Reverse Transcriptase and are provided subject to a license under patents or patent applications owned by or licensed to Life Technologies Corporation, which license is limited to the human diagnostic field and research field and specifically excludes applications in forensics (including human identity testing). The SuperScript™ III trademark is owned by Life Technologies Corporation.

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1 Respiratory Syncytial Virus
2 Real-Time Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction
3 For the Idylla™ SARS-CoV-2 Test, results are obtained using 200 μl of viral transport media (VTM). For the Idylla™ SARS-CoV-2/Flu/RSV Panel, results are obtained using 400 μl of viral transport media (VTM) pipetted directly into the cartridge. Both tests are performed on the Idylla™ platform capable of fully automated nucleic acid testing including extraction, amplification, and detection in a single-use cartridge. For additional performance characteristics, please refer to the Instructions for Use or the Biocartis website here and here