Genmark adds $100m in value on Covid-19 test authorisation

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The fates of companies that have obtained FDA emergency use authorisation for their sequencing-based tests for the novel coronavirus have diverged wildly, judging by their share price performance in the trading period after the EUA was granted. Top of the tree is Genmark Diagnostics, up 41% in early trade today; authorisation for its test was announced yesterday evening. Stock in Abbott, however, fell 6% yesterday, since authorisation for a single test, even one for Covid-9, will not be greatly significant for the world’s third-largest medtech group. Abbott says it will immediately ship 150,000 tests to existing customers and will scale up production to make a million tests per week by the end of this month. ​Genmark’s test works exclusively on the company’s ePlex system, which had a global installed base of more than 500 as of December 31, 2019. The ePlex machine can provide results in under two hours with the capacity to process up to 96 tests per eight-hour shift. While this is far behind Abbott’s capabilities – there are 175 of its m2000 RealTime systems in the US alone – it is highly meaningful for the tiny company. And anything that can help fight the pandemic is to be welcomed.

US FDA emergency use authorisations for Covid-19 tests 
Date of EUA Company Test  Instrument 1-day share price move
March 19 Genmark Diagnostics ePlex Sars-CoV-2 Test ePlex system 41%*
March 19 Diasorin Molecular  Simplexa Covid-19 Direct assay Simplexa Direct 8%*
March 18 Abbott Molecular RealTime Sars-CoV-2 assay m2000 RealTime -6%
March 17 Quest Diagnostics Sars-CoV-2 rRT-PCR Applied Biosystems 7500 0%
March 17 Quidel Lyra Sars-CoV-2 assay Applied Biosystems 7500 26%
March 16 Labcorp Covid-19 RT-PCR test Applied Biosystems QuantStudio7 Flex 2%
March 16 Hologic Panther Fusion Sars-CoV-2 assay Panther Fusion 1%
March 13 Thermo Fisher Scientific TaqPath Covid-19 Combo Kit Applied Biosystems 7500 5%
March 13 Roche Molecular Systems Cobas Sars-CoV-2 test Cobas 6800 and 8800 13%
*In early trade today. Note: excludes academic-developed tests. Source: FDA and company communications.

Abbott's Covid-19 test kit

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