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Coronavirus and COVID-19 Testing Solutions

Simple test kits. One hour results.


Chai's easy-to-use analytical platform is now available for Coronavirus testing. All kits feature a simplified swab-to-result workflow, and return results in an hour.

Starter packs available including the Open qPCR instrument, test kit, and required consumables and equipment.

For Research Use Only. Not for use in diagnostic procedures.

COVID-19 Laboratory Test Kit

Test nasopharyngeal samples for SARS-CoV-2

Simplified workflow and one-step RNA extraction procedure

Compatible with Open qPCR and higher throughput instruments

Explore the COVID-19 Laboratory Test Kit

Coronavirus Environmental Test Kit

Test door handles, PIN pads, and other hard surfaces for Coronavirus

Mitigate contamination by cleaning, making surgical closures, and recommending diagnostic testing to those exposed

Explore the Coronavirus Environmental Test Kit

Actionable Results in an Hour

Perform proactive controls and biosurveillance with quick swab-to-result

Interested in learning more about coronavirus testing with Real-Time PCR?

All Product Composite

Starter Packs contain everything you need to begin testing:

Open qPCR instrument, dual channelEnvironmental or COVID-19 test kitMini centrifuge20 and 200 μL pipettes + tips
Tubes + racks

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  • Coronavirus Environmental Starter Pack $9,300.00

    Everything needed to environmental samples for Coronavirus, including Open qPCR 2x Ch instrument, environmental test kit, 96 swabs, and needed supplies.

  • COVID-19 Laboratory Starter Pack $9,500.00

    Laboratory test kit for nasopharyngeal swab samples. Includes Open qPCR 2x Ch instrument, test kit for 96 samples, and needed supplies. Swabs not included.

Current lead time: 4 weeks

Simple Testing Procedure



Environmental surfaces or nasal samples

Results Wide


Place swab in one-step RNA extraction solution



Get results by RT-qPCR in an hour

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do you ship internationally?

    Yes. If we don't have a distributor in your country, we service and ship kits directly. Contact us at and we'll help you find the best way to purchase kits and instruments.

  • Are the test kits compatible with instruments other than Open qPCR?

    Yes, the test kits work with instrument comaptible with the FAM and HEX fluorophores.

  • Why is the dual channel Open qPCR required?

    Chai's Coronavirus and COVID-19 test kits detect the SARS-CoV-2 target in channel 1, and utilize channel 2 for an Internal Amplification Control. This internal control is important for detecting PCR inhibition and preventing false negatives. As such the dual channel Open qPCR is required to run Coronavirus test kits.

  • What storage temperature is required for kits? What are the shipping conditions?

    Coronavirus kits ship on ice, and require -20 ºC storage.

  • Has FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) been granted for this kit?

    No, we have not yet submitted for FDA EUA authorization, though we are planning to do so. Kits are currently sold an a Research Use Only basis. Laboratories certified to perform high-complexity testing under CLIA may submit their own EUA requests to FDA for laboratory developed tests utilizing Chai's kit.

  • How did you simplify the RNA extraction procedure?

    Chai has developed a one-step RNA extraction and stabilization procedure using a specialized buffer. The process lyses SARS-CoV-2 in minutes, while stabilizing the resulting RNA.

  • Can I use Chai's RNA extraction solution in my kits?

    Yes, Chai's one-step RNA extraction solution is available on an OEM basis, and may be purchased online.