renegade.bio offers COVID-19 virus testing using our high-throughput molecular testing methodology.
Our test uses the RenegadeXP™ method, which we’ve optimized to improve turnaround time and throughput. Our test can determine whether the virus is active in the mucosal secretions from sputum, nasal, and oral swabs. It uses a technique called qRT-PCR, which stands for quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction.
We’re currently processing tests at our CLIA-certified laboratory in Oakland, and our partner’s CLIA-certified laboratory in New York City.
The test requires a throat, nasal, or sputum sample. Samples can be collected by physicians or other qualified personnel, or we can provide onsite sample collection. Results are securely transmitted to your physician within 48 hours using a HIPAA-compliant protocol.
We provide your organization access to our preferred vendors, who work closely with your team to bring collections to your site, including all necessary equipment and required safety precautions.
We are working to ensure safety for all by testing members of community-based organizations and employees whose organizations are returning to work.
Our test is 99.2% accurate and has a limit of detection of <12.5 copies/μL.
Our CLIA-regulated laboratories meet all HIPAA requirements. Results are reported to patients via the requisitioning physician in an encrypted form. Results are also reported to the local public health departments in accordance with CDC and FDA guidelines.
Should you receive a positive result, we recommend that you contact your primary physician to inform them of your status. They will recommend isolation and can provide medical advice on treatment based on your symptoms.
All tests require a doctor’s order. If you think you were exposed to someone who has COVID-19 or you work in an essential job, you may be eligible for a screening test, meaning testing done when a patient has no symptoms and is being monitored as a preventative measure.
We do not bill insurance companies at this time. However, many insurance companies will reimburse without preapproval for screening and diagnosis. You’ll need to check with your insurance company to see if they will cover the COVID-19 screening test.
We do not have an on-staff physician, though we can provide referrals to preferred vendors for requisitioning purposes if required in your location.
At this time, we are working to bring serology (antibody) testing into our facilities. We are awaiting guidance from the CDC and the FDA on the validity of antibody tests and how important they will be for determining immunity to COVID-19.
We are permitted to perform our test under the policy set forth by the FDA.