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OKLAHOMA CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Advancements in COVID-19 testing are now being offered by a Midwest start-up, Wheeler Labs, located in Oklahoma City. The product is an at-home saliva collection kit coupled with PCR testing, which gives communities everywhere access to the latest technology in coronavirus testing.
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"Wheeler Labs is the only Oklahoma City-based laboratory offering at-home saliva testing," states Wheeler Labs CEO Dr. Jesse McCool. "The Wheeler Labs team is proud to be bringing the best possible testing solutions to people and businesses across the country while enabling back-to-school and back-to-work testing strategies."
Wheeler Labs' COVID-19 test has been authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). The test utilizes a technology called quantitative reverse transcription PCR (RT-qPCR) which has high sensitivity (97.1%) and specificity (98.2%) for detecting the SARs-CoV-2 virus (RNA). Wheeler Labs is a state-of-the-art molecular amplification lab regulated by CLIA. The company is wholly focused on addressing COVID-19 and is quickly becoming a go-to testing partner. Results are typically delivered within 24-48 hours of sample receipt.
"My wife and I both used the kit," said Alan Marvelli, professor emeritus at Smith College in Northampton, Mass., who required testing prior to travel. "It is very self-explanatory and simple - it didn't even take much saliva. We received our results the day after we returned the kit. I'm a very satisfied customer."
"Our clinical services team is dedicated to providing our customers with a positive experience," states Cori-Dawn Fields, Wheeler's clinical services manager. "We do important work for them and our community."
Wheeler's COVID-19 test kits can be ordered online at www.wheeler-labs.com and shipped directly to homes, businesses, pharmacies and clinics. The kit costs $125, which includes lab fees, telehealth provider authorization and overnight shipping back to the lab. Upon checkout, customers choose two-day or overnight shipping to receive the kit. The saliva collection is performed without clinical supervision per simple enclosed instructions.
FedEx is Wheeler Labs' trusted partner for overnight sample return.
McCool said the company's goal is to improve access to the gold standard in testing and help contain the spread of COVID-19.
"We know people are worried, and they need reliable, fast testing, whether they live in a metro area or far from a medical facility, whether they are homebound or travelling," he said. "This is the solution people have been waiting for!"
Wheeler Labs, which is located at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Research Park, recently finalized its seed round of funding led by Echo Investment Capital.
About Wheeler Labs
Wheeler Labs is a start-up clinical laboratory developing high-complexity diagnostic testing services. With an initial focus on meeting a critical healthcare need in Oklahoma, Wheeler plans to expand its offerings with medical genetic testing for patients and physicians seeking to diagnose genetic disease. We are strategically partnered with Phosphorus Diagnostics to more rapidly bring valuable, accurate and accessible testing services to Oklahomans. The company is located in the heart of Oklahoma City's Innovation District. Learn more at Wheeler-Labs.com.
Source: Wheeler Labs
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