VMRD and CWD Evolution Partner to Commercialize PCR-Like RT-QuIC Test Technology

The RT-QuIC (Real-Time Tremor-Induced Conversion) Test for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a new testing technology with a long and successful track record in research studies. The key advantage of RT-QuIC over previous CWD testing technologies is dramatically improved sensitivity through PCR-like amplification of the CWD agent.

The benefits that RT-QuIC technology can bring to hunters include better control of CWD, reduced introduction of CWD into new regions, easier and simpler sample collection to test harvested game, more timely results of CWD testing and the possibility of live animal testing for wildlife management agencies and game farms.

CWD Evolution founder Davin Henderson offered, “RT-QuIC offers a new testing technology that will give wildlife managers much-needed new tools in their toolbox to combat CWD.” He also added: “The addition of a live animal predictive test for CWD is a game changer. Many states are prepared to use this test as soon as it becomes available.” VMRD CSO Don Knowles added, “Providing quality-controlled RT-QuIC reagents to the diagnostic community is an important first step in reducing CWD and preserving wildlife.”

CWD Evolution has a decade of RT-QuIC testing experience and VMRD is a USDA licensed manufacturing facility that has marketed over twenty USDA licensed diagnostics over the last four decades. Together, the companies are partnering to commercialize a USDA-licensed RT-QuIC laboratory test. Pending the licensing process, the companies began offering RT-QuIC reagents for research purposes on June 15. These reagents may be used by state agencies in pilot studies before the USDA-licensed test is commercially available.

ABOUT CWD EVOLUTION: CWD Evolution offers the first commercial RT-QuIC test and has been a leader in advancing RT-QuIC testing in the diagnostic world.

ABOUT VMRD, INC. – VMRD was founded in 1981 by D. Scott Adams, DVM, Ph.D., and currently employs more than 50 researchers, lab technicians, and support staff. From its Pullman, Washington site, VMRD develops and manufactures veterinary diagnostic test kits and related reagents for distribution in more than 77 countries. As a rapidly growing company, VMRD strives to preserve its family-centered culture and core values ​​of integrity and quality.