RNAssist (Cambridge UK) and Rapid Labs Ltd (Colchester, UK) have launched the virusPHIX™ range of virus inactivating and RNA stabilising transport media, following successful SARS-CoV-2 inactivation.

virusPHIX™ is a novel RNA stabiliser and virus inactivation medium based on technology developed by RNAssist Limited (Cambridge, UK). It has been shown to stabilise viral RNA for up to 1 year at 20°C, and has successfully inactivated all tested viruses and bacteria to date including SARS-CoV-2, Hepatitis B, Vaccinia, FIV, BVDV, Dengue, Zika, Influenza A and M. tuberculosis . Unlike other virus transport mediums, virusPHIX™ does not contain guanidine, a highly toxic substance than can produce hydrogen cyanide when mixed with household cleaning products such as bleach. virusPHIX™ is a completely non-toxic, non-volatile reagent that can be used safely in a home testing environment and shipped for PCR analysis. The virusPHIX™ range of products are manufactured and sold worldwide by Rapid Labs Limited (Colchester, UK). With over 200 evaluators around the world, virusPHIX™ is a popular choice for RNA stabilisation thanks to its compatibility with most front-end RNA purification kits.

A number of independent UK institutes, including The Roslin Institute in Edinburgh has demonstrated inactivation of SARS-CoV-2 within 10 minutes at 20°C. Qnostics UK have also demonstrated SARS-CoV-2 RNA stabilisation for 33 days at room temperature, and 12-month stability of 2 HCV strains at 20°C.

The virusPHIX™ range features 3 reagents suited to different applications:

virusPHIX+™ for swab and saliva testing

virusPHIX-LV (lower viscosity) for swab testing on automated liquid handling platforms (Ortho, Hamilton and Tecan)

virusPHIX-P9 for swab and saliva testing, especially when it is necessary to add sample directly into an RT-LAMP, LamPORE or RT-PCR assay without RNA purification.*

*virusPHIX-P9™ has been demonstrated to be directly compatible with LAMP assays. Please contact rnassist@rapidlabs.co.uk to find out more.

Independent SARS-CoV-2 Inactivation Studies

An independent UK organisation evaluated the reduction in virus titre SARS-CoV-2 spiked samples (tissue culture fluid) and presence of SARS-CoV-2 over a series of cell passages:

Please contact us to view the full reports at rnassist@rapidlabs.co.uk

More information about the virusPHIX™ range can be found in the online brochure

For ordering enquiries please contact rnassist@rapidlabs.co.uk