Agappe Chitra Magna 

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News : The commercial launch of, Agappe Chitra Magna, a magnetic nanoparticle-based RNA extraction kit for use during testing for detection of COVID-19 developed by Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST) - Trivandrum, an Institute of National Importance of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) along with Agappe Diagnostics Ltd, an in vitro diagnostics manufacturing company based in Cochin. 

About Chitra Magna : 

  • The Chitra Magna, an innovative RNA extraction kit developed by SCTIMST, was transferred to Agappe Diagnostics in April 2020, and will now be available in the market as Agappe Chitra Magna RNA Isolation Kit.  
  • This product has been independently validated at National Institute of Virology for Covid19 RNA isolation.  
  • Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) has given approval for the commercialization of this kit.  
  • The kit can be used for RNA extraction for RT-LAMP, RT-qPCR, RT-PCR and other isothermal and PCR based protocols for the detection of SARS-COV-2. 
  • It uses an innovative technology for isolating RNA using magnetic nanoparticles to capture the RNA from the patient sample.  
  • The magnetic nanoparticle beads bind to the viral RNA and, when exposed to a magnetic field, give a highly purified and concentrated RNA.  
  • As the sensitivity of the detection method is dependent on getting an adequate quantity of viral RNA, this innovation enhances the chances of identifying positive cases. 
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