Lifecare’s partner Digital Diagnostics AG has received approval for clinical
tests from the responsible ethics committee and the Federal Institute for Drugs
and Medical Devices (BfArM) in Germany. This is a decisive regulatory step in
the ongoing regulatory process for the Digid Cantisense™ SARS-CoV-2 test in
Germany. The Digid Cantisense ™ SARS-CoV-2 antigen test for immediate virus
detection is based on ground-breaking proprietary technology, hence the approval
processes are thorough and time consuming.
Lifecare AS (LIFE-ME) has a 25% ownership in Digital Diagnostics AG as part of a
wider technology cooperation and joint venture with the German company.
Digital Diagnostics applied to the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical
Devices (BfArM) for approval of the Digid Cantisense ™ SARS-CoV-2 test for
Germany at the beginning of June 2020. The BfArM has now permitted clinical
trials to be carried out. Meanwhile, the ethics committee of the State Medical
Association of Rhineland-Palatinate has also given a positive endorsement.
The aim of the test series is to demonstrate a comparable reliability of the
rapid test as with conventional PCR tests. With the new test, which is
particularly suitable for access control and rapid tests, for example at
airports, in hospitals or at large-scale events, SARS-CoV-2 viruses can be
detected directly onsite in just a few minutes.
“We are very pleased with the positive results from the regulatory scrutiny in
Germany. While we would wish for a speedier regulatory approval process, we
highly appreciate the thoroughness and long hours put in at the German and US
regulatory bodies. We expect that the clinical tests will confirm Digital
Diagnostics claims and meet the regulatory expectations, and we expect the
product will be a robust solution fighting the pandemic”, says Christian
Hysing-Dahl, chairman of the board of Lifecare AS.
The clinical tests of the digital biosensor and the measuring device are
expected to be completed in October 2020. If the results are positive, the rapid
test is expected to be approved shortly afterwards.
In the study, patients are tested simultaneously both with a standard PCR method
and with the Digid Cantisense ™ SARS-CoV-2 test. For this purpose, a throat swab
is taken from the patient by the medical staff. The aim of the study is to use
the Digid instant test to meet the reference values of a PCR laboratory test.
The study will continue until at least 30 patients with positive PCR results
have been tested. This also corresponds to the requirements of the EU Commission
for in-vitro measurement methods for the detection of SARS-CoV-2.
In contrast to the PCR method, the new antigen test delivers clear electronic
"YES" or "NO" information within a few minutes and saves the detour to a
laboratory and valuable time during diagnosis.
In addition, the Digid Cantisense™ SARS-CoV-2 test directly detects the presence
of the virus, while other available rapid tests mainly detect antibodies.
However, patients only develop these antibodies if they have been infected for
several days and have already been contagious. For this reason, rapid antibody
tests are only of limited use in containing the spread of the pandemic.
Rune Frisvold, Lifecare COO
Tel: +47 9013 60 63