The first survey results reveal physicians seek new diagnostic tools and insights to improve COVID-19 management and patient outcomes
OXFORD, United Kingdom and MARLBOROUGH, Mass., January 14th, 2021 – Oxford Immunotec Global PLC (Nasdaq: OXFD) (the “Company”), a global, high-growth diagnostics company, announces the launch of 100 Physicians Find, a monthly survey that takes the pulse of one hundred medical professionals on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic about their perspectives, experiences and needs in the face of this global health crisis.
In its first installment of 100 Physicians Find, the Company reports results identifying gaps in the testing toolbox. Oxford Immunotec is sharing the results as a call for the industry to heed the need of physicians who are making critical decisions for the wellbeing of patients every day.
The inaugural survey asked physicians across the USA and Europe about whether, when, and how frequently they used four different types of COVID-19 tests: molecular (PCR), lab-based antibody (serology), rapid antigen, and T cell testing. Respondents were also asked about their confidence in test results, their unmet needs in diagnostic testing, and where they thought new types of tests would be useful.
The data show the majority of physicians (82%) trust the molecular (PCR) test used to confirm an active SARS-CoV-2 infection. However, there is much less faith in serology testing, with only 56% of physicians expressing confidence in its accuracy and/or utility in confirming PCR results or identifying patients suspected of having a prior infection. Most respondents (75%) had unanswered diagnostic questions, and more than 60% said alternatives to serology and new tests for assessing immunity, vaccine responses and other patient characteristics would be valuable additions to their toolkit for managing COVID-19.
Dr. Peter Wrighton-Smith, CEO of Oxford Immunotec, said, “We initially set out to assess how our T-SPOT® Technology would answer some standing diagnostic questions for clinicians. In the process, we found an eager audience willing to share unfiltered responses. With the first survey developing our understanding of the needs of medical professionals for diagnostic testing in COVID-19, we will be building on these findings to ensure the needs of the frontline medical community are heard as their needs continue to evolve with the epidemic. And, we will be sharing this information with the wider community to give others an opportunity to understand the thoughts of medical professionals in this area.”
The initial survey findings provide the Company with a foundation for building monthly surveys, which will seek physicians’ responses to the latest developments in the COVID-19 pandemic and efforts to combat it.
About Oxford Immunotec
Oxford Immunotec Global PLC is a global, high-growth diagnostics company. We bring energy and invention to a world in need of diagnostic truth. We are uniquely placed as the only company in the world offering regulated ELISPOT assays for T cell measurement, with approval around the globe. Our leading product, the T-SPOT.TB test, is used for diagnosing infection with tuberculosis, the world’s largest cause of death from infectious disease. The Company is an experienced manufacturer of IVD tests, operating under a fully audited Quality Management System, ensuring rigorous batch control. The company has manufactured in excess of 20 million clinical T cell tests for TB infection.
The T-SPOT.TB test has been approved for sale in over 50 countries, including the United States, where it has received pre-market approval from the Food and Drug Administration, Europe, where it has obtained a CE mark, as well as Japan and China. The Company is headquartered near Oxford, U.K. and in Marlborough, MA. Additional information can be found at www.oxfordimmunotec.com.
About T-SPOT® Discovery SARS-CoV-2
Oxford Immunotec has been developing and strengthening its expertise in T cell measurement for over 18 years since the introduction of its T-SPOT technology in the field of TB diagnostics. In that time we have taken the classic ELISPOT technique and developed it into the world leading proprietary T-SPOT technology platform we now use to measure T cell immune responses, improving performance, standardising results, and streamlining the workflow. This high performance is ensured by our regularly audited manufacturing facility operating to our rigorous quality management system. The T-SPOT.TB test, an in vitro diagnostic (IVD) test using the T-SPOT technology platform, has been granted regulatory approval for clinical diagnostic use in over 50 countries, including US, EU, Japan and China.
The research use-only T-SPOT Discovery SARS-CoV-2 assay uses this same T-SPOT technology to allow SARS-CoV-2-specific T cells to be detected and enumerated. The optimized antigen mix used in the test is based on SARS-CoV-2 structural proteins and allows the maximum breadth of the immune response to be measured. The Company’s single antigen-per-well approach allows specific information about the immune response to different SARS-CoV-2 antigens to be gathered in parallel. Sample processing can be centralised whilst still enabling testing on fresh (rather than frozen) blood, using the Company’s T-Cell Xtend® reagent (32 hr room temperature (RT) sample stability).
T-SPOT Discovery SARS-CoV-2 is for research use only, not for use in diagnostic procedures
T-SPOT, the Oxford Immunotec logo, T-Cell Xtend, and T-SPOT Discovery are trademarks of Oxford Immunotec Limited.
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