Applied DNA Secures $1.0+ Million in COVID-19 Surveillance Testing Annualized Revenue, Builds Sales Pipeline for Test Kit and Testing-as-a-Service

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Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: APDN) (“Applied DNA” or the “Company”), a leader in Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)-based DNA manufacturing that enables in vitro diagnostics, pre-clinical nucleic acid-based therapeutic drug candidates, supply chain security, anti-counterfeiting, and anti-theft technology, announced that Applied DNA Clinical Laboratories, LLC (“ADCL”), its wholly-owned subsidiary, has secured COVID-19 surveillance testing contracts under its testing-as-a-service (“TaaS”) offering that are estimated to generate more than $1.0 million in total annualized revenue beginning October 1, 2020. The Company’s surveillance testing revenue expectation is contingent on full-term participation by TaaS customers, including:

  • Private schools based in Long-Island, N.Y., including Harbor Country Day School. Education customers comprise the bulk of the Company’s current testing volume;

  • Several New York State-based small enterprises and private clients.

Unlike diagnostic testing, which looks for the occurrence of COVID-19 at the individual level, surveillance testing looks for infection within a defined population or community and can be used for making health management decisions at the population level. Surveillance testing does not require a prescription. In surveillance testing, pooled test results are returned to the sponsoring organization in the aggregate, not directly to the individual, and may be performed without CLIA certification.

Concurrently, the Company is executing on a sales and marketing strategy to build a pipeline of LineaTM COVID-19 Diagnostic Assay Kit (“Assay Kit”) and TaaS opportunities through:

  • Outreach to independent and hospital laboratories in COVID-19 hotspots nationally and regionally to offer an additional diagnostic kit supply line;

  • Outreach to local laboratories to construct a reference laboratory relationship for overflow testing;

  • Deployment of testing at Stony Brook University in accordance with a recently signed Master Services Agreement.

“Our capacity to perform COVID-19 surveillance testing is grounded in self-collection


Sacred Heart, University of Saint Joseph roll out saliva-based COVID-19 test for students, staff

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In the past week, two Connecticut universities began using a saliva-based COVID-19 test that was developed at Yale, in response to heightened concerns about coronavirus outbreaks on campuses.

On Monday, the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford began using the SalivaDirect test, which is a less invasive COVID-19 test that uses a patient’s saliva as opposed to a nasal swab. A day later, on Tuesday, Sacred Heart University in Fairfield also rolled out the SalivaDirect test on its campus.

Other universities, including Quinnipiac in Hamden, have already implemented other forms of saliva testing, The Courant previously reported.

University of Saint Joseph President Rhona Free said in a statement that the university has been testing a portion of students weekly since the school year began — but when university officials noticed other campuses begin to see outbreaks, they decided to increase their weekly testing numbers.

“Over the last few weeks as we saw upticks of positive cases on other campuses we decided to increase the percentage of students tested each week and we also wanted more rapid results,” Free said. “SalivaDirect was able to complete the new level of testing that we needed with quick results.”

The University of Saint Joseph plans to continue administering the saliva tests at least two days a week through the end of the semester, Free said.

Sacred Heart’s rollout of SalivaDirect also comes amid heightened concerns of an outbreak.

Earlier this week Sacred Heart said that more than 100 students have been suspended for violating the school’s COVID-19 protocols since the start of the semester. President John J. Petillo has warned that a saying “a significant number” of students were not taking the pandemic seriously and said the school could suspend in-person education if its cases did not slow.

Sacred Heart spokesperson Deb Noack


Bristol University quarantines 300 students in halls of residence after 40 test positive

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Bristol University has confirmed 300 students are being quarantined in their halls of residence after an outbreak of COVID-19.

a large stone building: Wills Memorial Tower and Bristol Museum

Wills Memorial Tower and Bristol Museum

Some 40 students tested positive The Courtrooms residence, and all students living there have been asked to isolate.

Students have been asked to remain in their flats and only socialise with people in their “living circle”.

The university said it is offering “full support” to those affected.

Professor Sarah Purdy, pro vice-chancellor for student experience, said: “The health and safety of our students is a top priority at this very difficult and challenging time. 

Video: Students should be recompensed if University situation carries on for ‘prolonged time’, Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham says (Manchester Evening News)

Students should be recompensed if University situation carries on for ‘prolonged time’, Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham says



“We have been actively monitoring coronavirus case numbers across the University community throughout the pandemic and have implemented a range of planned, increasing measures to reduce the risk of the virus spreading. This has included the self-isolation of a number of living circles within our residences. 

“Having reassessed case numbers with colleagues from the Public Health Team today, we have decided that further measures are appropriate at this stage.  

“We know this is a stressful situation and full support is being offered to those affected. This is available 24/7 via our Student Support and Wellbeing teams.”

Isolating students will have food and laundry delivered to their doors.

A total of 254 students and three staff members are


COVID test kits pictured ‘spilling out’ of postbox near student accommodation as university cases soar

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The offending postbox, in Ilkeston Road, Nottingham. (Amy Collins)
The offending postbox, in Ilkeston Road, Nottingham. (Amy Collins)

A student has described how coronavirus test kits were “spilling out” of a postbox when she went to drop off a kit for her sick flatmate.

Amy Collins, 21, who studies physiotherapy at Nottingham University, shared a picture on Facebook of a postbox near her accommodation in Ilkeston Road.

“Yes completely, they were spilling out the front,” the third-year student from Kent told Yahoo News UK.

Collins, who has since tested positive for the virus herself, said she was sending a kit for her symptomatic housemate on Monday when she saw the packed postbox, which “unnerved” her.

Royal Mail confirmed it was increasing collections at the location after receiving “larger-than-usual volumes”.

It comes as health officials expect Nottingham to be placed in lockdown after a surge in coronavirus cases.

Watch: Nottingham authorities push for stricter coronavirus measures

The city’s infection rate has soared, with 1,465 new cases recorded in the seven days to 3 October – the equivalent of 440.1 cases per 100,000 people.

This is up from 237 new cases in the seven days to 26 September, or 71.2 per 100,000 people.

Nottingham’s director of public health Alison Challenger said icurrent restrictions in the city “are no longer enough to stop the spread of the virus”.

An outbreak at Nottingham University has seen 425 students test positive for the virus during the week ending last Friday, figures on its website showed.

The number includes 226 students in private accommodation and 106 in halls of residence.

Eight members of staff were also classed as “active confirmed cases” over the same time.

Nottingham University has reported hundreds of coronavirus cases. (Getty)
Nottingham University has reported hundreds of coronavirus cases. (Getty)
Nottingham is expected to be put under further restrictions. (Getty)
Nottingham is expected to be put under further restrictions. (Getty)

Collins, who is self-isolating in her accommodation for 10 days, said


Boeing astronaut Chris Ferguson withdraws from Starliner test flight

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WASHINGTON — Chris Ferguson, the former NASA astronaut who was to command the first crewed flight of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner commercial crew vehicle, has withdrawn from the mission for personal reasons, the company announced Oct. 7.

Ferguson, who joined Boeing in 2011 after a NASA career that included commanding the final space shuttle mission, was to lead the Crew Flight Test (CFT) mission currently scheduled for launch in the middle of 2021, a flight that also includes NASA astronauts Nicole Mann and Mike Fincke.

In an interview, Ferguson said he decided to step down from the mission because of family obligations. “It was a decision that was not made lightly,” he said. “It surrounds what has really amounted to a year that is replete with family obligations that I just do not want to risk missing.”

He didn’t elaborate on those obligations, beyond being “the best kind of family issues.” He noted that, over his career as a NASA astronaut and, before that, a U.S. Navy pilot, he was away from his family and missed key moments. “The events next year are good ones, and I just don’t want to risk missing them.”

Ferguson will be replaced by NASA astronaut Barry “Butch” Wilmore, who had been training as a backup for the first and second crewed Starliner flights. “Having had the chance to train alongside and view this outstanding crew as backup has been instrumental in my preparation to assume this position,” Wilmore said in a statement. “Stepping down was a difficult decision for Chris, but with his leadership and assistance to this point, this crew is positioned for success.”

“Butch will be able to step in seamlessly, and his previous experience on both space shuttle and space station missions make him a valuable addition to this flight,” Kathy Lueders,

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