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Covid-19 antigen testing: India next stop for Siemens Healthineers

The investment is part of Siemens Healthineers' strategy 2025, in which India plays an important role as a growth market for the firm.

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Siemens sells two types of antibody tests in India. One tests antibodies (both IgG and IgM) and another the level of IgG antibodies in a person’s blood

Sohini Das Mumbai
Siemens Healthineers, a Frankfurt-based medical-technology firm, will soon bring to India its Covid-19 antigen test, which it launched in Europe last week.

The firm is expanding its facility in Vadodara to make molecular assays there. It will manufacture RT-PCR, antibody and antigen test kits at the facility. Siemens imports these tests from plants in the US and Europe.

Given the growing demand for Covid-19 diagnostic tests, the firm has decided to manufacture here. “It makes entry-level blood analysers and reagents and is expanding the facility to make molecular assay tests,” said Vivek Kanade, executive vice-president (Zone India), Siemens Healthineers.

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First Published: Oct 21 2020 | 6:05 AM IST

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