Altona Diagnostics (formerly known as astra Diagnostics) is a Hamburg-based biotechnology company specializing in molecular diagnostics. Its most notable accomplishment was the identification of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (mad cow disease) in Germany in 2000. It also conducts tests for other viruses including H1N1, Ebolavirus, Zika virus, and COVID-19.
The company offers laboratory equipment, such as an automation system that is a robotic pipetting workstation and PCR set-up with the company's software. It also has products that are offered in other two categories: Alto Star and Real Star. The Alto Star products consist of instruments and equipment for molecular diagnostic workflow, including devices and software. There are also products that are real-time PCR reagents. The Real Star products include PCR reagent kits and can test for human adenovirus, human herpesviruses and human polyomaviruses. Other viruses that the kits can test for include blood borne, respiratory, enteric, and tropical viruses. The kits can also potentially be used for rapid testing of epidemic viruses, such as COVID-19.
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- Cluster: COVID-19A cluster of topics related to COVID-19. COVID-19 is the abbreviated name for coronavirus disease 2019, a respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus strain called SARS-CoV-2. COVID-19 was first detected in Wuhan City, China and the outbreak was declared a pandemic on March 11, 2020 by the WHO.