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The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on public health as well as social and economic life worldwide, has created an urgent and pressing need for the development of therapeutics, vaccines and accurate diagnostic tests to combat the disease.
Biogazelle has been at the first line of the fight against COVID-19 on a national level, through our participation in a Belgian government-led consortium of academia, biotech and pharma aimed at dramatically increasing the testing capacity for SARS-CoV-2 in Belgium. In a record time of 2 weeks Biogazelle was able to put in place and validate a RT-qPCR workflow for high-throughput SARS-CoV-2 testing and now serves as one of the official testing centers for the disease in Belgium.
Biogazelle’s selection as a partner in this consortium, along the likes of J&J, GSK and UCB, is a recognition of our leadership position in RNA research and RNA biomarker development, our expertise with liquid biopsies as well as our successful track record in carrying through challenging, customized pre-clinical and clinical projects for our clients. Additionally, Biogazelle’s founders Prof Jo Vandesompele and Dr Jan Hellemans are authors of landmark papers in the field of RT-qPCR as well as digital PCR-based gene expression analysis, being cited more than 20,000 times.
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