/T2 Biosystems jumps 38% after saying its diagnostic test can detect COVID-19 variants (TTOO)

T2 Biosystems jumps 38% after saying its diagnostic test can detect COVID-19 variants (TTOO)


covid test us
People stand in line at a clinic in Long Beach, California offering quick coronavirus testing for a fee, on Monday, June 29, 2020.

  • T2 Biosystems soared as much as 38% on Tuesday after the company said its diagnostic test for COVID-19 proved effective in identifying variants of the virus that are spreading in the UK and South Africa.
  • The T2SARS-CoV-2 Panel has demonstrated clinical sensitivity of 95% and specificity of 100%, the company said.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

As the COVID-19 virus mutates into different variants, one small-cap diagnostics company says their test can detect the mutated strains: T2 Biosystems.

T2 Biosystems soared as much as 38% in Tuesday trades after it said its T2SARS-CoV-2 Panel proved effective in identifying variants of COVID-19 that are spreading quickly in the UK, South Africa, and the US.

The T2SARS-CoV-2 Panel has demonstrated clinical sensitivity of 95% and specificity of 100%, the company said.

An analysis of over 42,000 genome sequences for COVID-19 were evaluated for alignment with the diagnostic test, T2 Biosystems said.

Read more: Goldman Sachs says to buy these 29 stocks poised to deliver the strongest sales growth through year-end

“This analysis demonstrated that the T2SARS-CoV-2 Panel should detect 99.99% of all SARS-CoV-2 viruses based on sequence alignments,” the company said. 

The bigger question is whether the COVID-19 vaccines from companies like Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca will also protect the population against these new COVID-19 variant strains. So far, a study by Pfizer showed their vaccine should be effective against the various mutations of COVID-19.

Original Source