COVID-19 diagnostic tests remain able to detect all published virus strains

Paris, France and Camberley, UK – 21 December 2020 – Novacyt (EURONEXT GROWTH: ALNOV; AIM: NCYT), an international specialist in clinical diagnostics, announces that following the detection of a new variant of COVID-19 by the UK’s COVID19 Genomics UK consortium, known as VUI-202012/01, the Company has carried out a detailed analysis of the mutations in this new variant and in all published COVID-19 strains to fully assess the reliability of its existing diagnostic tests.

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The results of the in silico (computer simulation) analysis of the sequenced mutations show that the Company’s polymerase chain reaction product portfolio, based around a single and a two gene target for COVID-19, remain able to detect all published COVID-19 strains with the same high level of accuracy, including VUI-202012/01.

The Company notes this new strain of the virus has also been identified in other countries, including the Netherlands, Denmark and Australia.

Graham Mullis, Chief Executive Officer of Novacyt, commented: “These data support the continued use of our tests, which remain accurate in detecting all published strains of COVID-19, including the latest variant. As part of our surveillance programme, we are committed to analysing our selected gene targets for COVID-19 against new published viral sequences to demonstrate ongoing accuracy and performance. We also remain in close contact with the Department of Health and Social Care and the NHS as we continue to focus our efforts on deploying our tests to hospitals and laboratories across the UK, as well as to our customers around the world.”

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Graham Mullis, Chief Executive Officer

Anthony Dyer, Chief Financial Officer

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SP Angel Corporate Finance LLP (Nominated Adviser and Broker)

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Numis Securities Limited (Joint Broker)

Freddie Barnfield / James Black

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Allegra Finance (French Listing Sponsor)

Rémi Durgetto / Yannick Petit

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FTI Consulting (International)

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About AFSBio

AFSBio is proud to partner with Novacyt Group/Primer Design for North America to offer their SaRS-COV-2 (FDA/EUA approved) and SaRS-COV2 Winterplex assays. Both CE-IVD certified.

They test for both ORF1ab and the S gene with 100% specificity. The Winterplex assay also includes Influenza A, B, and RSV.

About Novacyt Group

The Novacyt Group is an international diagnostics business generating an increasing portfolio of in vitro and molecular diagnostic tests. Its core strengths lie in diagnostics product development, commercialisation, contract design and manufacturing. The Company's lead business units comprise of Primerdesign and Lab21 Products, supplying an extensive range of high quality assays and reagents worldwide. The Group directly serves microbiology, haematology and serology markets as do its global partners, which include major corporates.

For more information please refer to the website: www.novacyt.com

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