Human Influenza Virus Real-time RT-PCR Detection and Characterization Panel

This invention relates to methods of rapidly detecting influenza, including differentiating between type and subtype. Unlike culture and serological tests requiring 5 to 14 days for completion, CDC researchers developed a rapid, accurate assay, which is easily adapted to kit form. This assay also requires less labor input than immunoassays. These methods can be used to quickly identify a broad variety of influenza types and subtypes, including viruses that may be involved in pandemics (such as H5N1, for example).

Potential Commercial Applications: Competitive Advantages:
  • Influenza diagnostic using clinical specimens
  • High-throughput screenings
  • Influenza surveillance programs
  • Already FDA approved
  • Especially useful for H5N1 screening
  • Sensitive detection
  • Specific discrimination of influenza subtypes
  • Easily formatted as kit or array
  • Faster than culturing and serological identification methods
  • Less laborious and more objective than immunoassays

Development Stage:
In vitro data available


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Intellectual Property:
U.S. Pat: 8,241,853 issued 2012-08-14
U.S. Pat: 8,568,981 issued 2013-10-29
US Application No. 12/191,186
US Application No. 13/554,782
US Application No. 14/056,810
Various international filings pending

Jernigan DB, et al. PMID 21342897

Licensing Contact:
Karen Surabian, J.D., M.B.A.
Phone: 301-594-9719

OTT Reference No: E-331-2013/0
Updated: Dec 4, 2013