Published 06/06/2022

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Since the onset of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, many clinical laboratories acquired new molecular diagnostic platforms to reduce send out costs and expedite test results. While COVID-19 testing is still a priority, many laboratories are faced with the question: what next? How can we get the most out of our new platforms while juggling supply chain issues and limited staffing?

In this SelectScience webinar, Dr. Jessica VanAllen, Lead Technical Support Specialist at ZeptoMetrix, will provide insight into the current infectious disease testing landscape, and highlight a path forward for clinical laboratories that ensures accurate infectious disease monitoring and result generation. 

Key learning objectives:

  • How labs are expanding beyond COVID-19 testing with limited resources
  • How to get the most out of your laboratory quality controls
  • How ZeptoMetrix can help laboratories expand their testing menus and move forward after COVID-19


Jessica VanAllen – PhD, Lead Technical Support Specialist, ZeptoMetrix®
Jessica holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Nazareth College and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Rochester. She joined ZeptoMetrix’s molecular department in 2012 as a Senior Molecular Biologist, then became the manager of QC for the department. In these roles, she focused on all aspects of NATtrol™ molecular quality control development including manufacturing, working with assay developers to design and develop new products, data collection and analysis, and QC testing and stability testing. More recently, she has taken a role in the sales and marketing department as the lead technical support specialist, incorporating her experience and expertise to better serve customers around the world.

Questions & Answers from the live event:

How can your lab expand beyond COVID-19 testing with limited resources?

Diagnostic stewardship opportunities. Assessing current situation/bottlenecks in the lab and potentially expand testing on already existing platforms.

How to get the most out of your laboratory quality controls?

Use agnostic third party controls across platforms, when possible, and for simple, routine QC or training opportunities.

How ZeptoMetrix can help laboratories expand their testing menus and move forward after COVID-19?

ZeptoMetrix quality controls offer a unique, full process testing solution for NAATs. Utilizing ZeptoMetrix® NATtrol™ Controls on a consistent basis helps to monitor testing performance and provides additional confidence in the quality and reliability of laboratory operations.

  • Non-infectious and refrigerator stable
  • Mimics a true patient sample
  • Purified, intact, non-synthetic whole organisms
  • Full process controls to monitor extraction and amplification steps
  • Available in different formats (single or multiple analytes)
  • Can be used across various molecular testing platforms and assays


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