Community College Alumni Among Coronavirus Researchers

POTTSTOWN PA – Biotechnology program alumni from Montgomery County Community College are among researchers on the front line in the nation’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic. They’ve helped develop an antibody being used to detect the virus in patient testing samples.

Alumni Amber Sawyer, Sean Heron and Seethal Meda are employees at Limerick Township-based Rockland Immunochemicals Inc., which earlier this year developed what’s known as the “Anti-SARS-CoV Nucleocapsid (N) Protein” antibody. It’s considered “invaluable for the highly accurate detection of SARS-CoV-2 and subsequently COVID-19 disease in various types of patient samples, including nasal and throat swab extracts and saliva,” according to Dr. Carl Ascoli, Rockland chief science officer.

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