The novel coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on March 12th 2020. Since then, laboratories all around world are using Time-of-Flight (TOF) mass spectrometers to detect and analyze proteins that are unique to the Covid-19. Using these TOFMS instruments, laboratories work at delivering faster test results to confirm the presence or absence of Covid-19, as well as to find solution to quickly identify any future new virus epidemics.
The specific questions that can be answered by mass spectrometry instruments fall into three categories:
- Provide molecular information of the Covid-19 in the human host
- Understand how stable and infectious Covid-19 is on different surfaces (plastics, metals, etc..)
- And ultimately contribute to develop drugs and vaccines
Acqiris develops high-performance signal acquisition (ADC) solutions that are designed-into a wide range of instruments and systems. Acqiris products are designed-into a range of ToF mass spectrometers and contribute to improving the TOFMS instruments in this very demanding Covid-19 measurement application. Acqiris is pleased to modestly contribute to the technology used by these laboratories and to help find quick responses and solutions to this exceptional situation. Our thoughts are for all those impacted by this terrible virus and we express our greatest gratitude for all the workers around the word helping to continue to live through this pandemic.
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