SAN DIEGO, Aug. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Biocept, Inc. (Nasdaq: BIOC), a leading commercial provider of molecular technologies designed to provide physicians with clinically actionable information to improve patient outcomes, announces it has received more than 7,000 and processed more than 6,500 COVID-19 specimens to date using RT-PCR technology at its CLIA-certified, CAP-accredited high-complexity molecular lab. The Company has distributed nearly 12,000 COVID-19 PCR specimen collection kits to date, and has approximately 18,000 additional collection kits assembled and available for immediate distribution. The vast majority of COVID-19 test results were reported to healthcare providers within 48 hours of receipt of the specimen.
"We are proud to reach this milestone and to serve our community by providing highly accurate PCR-based COVID-19 diagnostic testing with a quick turnaround time," said Michael Nall, President and CEO of Biocept. "We have distributed specimen collection kits to clinics, hospitals, corporate clients and skilled nursing facilities, among other health providers, and new customers are ordering each week. The number of specimens we received also has increased each week since we began distributing specimen collection kits in late June. Given the resurgence in COVID-19 cases, we expect demand for our testing services to remain high. We have assembled over 30,000 specimen collection kits available to date and have reordered components for an additional 20,000 specimen collection kits, while we continue developing our own kits, which we expect will be ready for distribution later this quarter.
"We are fortunate to have highly qualified and dedicated laboratory technicians, cutting-edge testing instrumentation, and an increasing supply of collection kits," he added. "We are increasing our COVID-19 testing capacity by allocating more lab staff to key roles focused on this need, streamlining our workflow through automated electronic test ordering and accessioning, and the reporting of testing results through a direct interface with the California Reportable Disease Information Exchange (CalREDIE)."
About Biocept Biocept, Inc. is a molecular diagnostics company with commercialized assays for lung, breast, gastric, colorectal and prostate cancers, and melanoma. The Company uses its proprietary liquid biopsy technology to provide physicians with clinically actionable information for treating and monitoring patients diagnosed with cancer. The Company's patented Target Selector™ liquid biopsy technology platform captures and analyzes tumor-associated molecular markers in both circulating tumor cells (CTCs) and in circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA). With thousands of tests performed, the platform has demonstrated the ability to identify cancer mutations and alterations to inform physicians about a patient's disease and therapeutic options. For additional information, please visit www.biocept.com.
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