The App for Art Lovers Celebrates Two Years

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The Santa Fe Art Experience helps art lovers find all the art and galleries in Santa Fe.

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The digital ecosystem expands to online and social.

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Get your swag on. Check out the facemasks too!

The Santa Fe Art Experience is the definitive guide to Museums, Galleries and Studios.

…this app fills a long time need for art lovers gaining access to all the galleries and museums in The City Different, especially as we hold out hope for a great re-opening in 2021.”

— Curt Doty, Co-Founder

SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO, UNITED STATES, December 18, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — December 18, 2020 Santa Fe, New Mexico. CurtDoty.co celebrates their 2 year anniversary of launching the SANTA FE ART EXPERIENCE app, available on the app store, a new way to discover every gallery, museum and artist studio in town.
At a time when Santa Fe’s Art economy is hurting, the SANTA FE ART EXPERIENCE has persisted and supported the community. From creating awareness and supporting local charities to sharing local artists tales of their Covid Survival.
On the app, you can navigate by list, picture, districts or map! The SANTA FE ART EXPERIENCE helps you find the all the museums and galleries in the City Different.

Santa Fe brings many thousands of smartphone users per year with over 200 galleries to explore, you'll be astonished by the city's array of art, including traditional and contemporary painting, photography, pottery, sculpture, textiles and more.

“We have supported the app through grassroots and digital marketing efforts as this app fills a long time need for art lovers gaining access to all the galleries and museums in The City Different, especially as we hold out hope for a great re-opening in 2021” says Curt Doty, Co-Founder.

The SANTA FE ART EXPERIENCE is also more than an app. It also builds community through its Website, Facebook and Instagram social channels, Newsletter and text alerts, which will support events and openings for all participating galleries and museums. A swag store preps you with attire and even facemasks.

Curt Doty also adds, “Santa Fe offers a visual feast for art lovers of all sorts, whether you're a serious collector or a fan who finds joy in just viewing the work. This app becomes a marketing engine for galleries with opportunities to create dynamic experiences to connect with their constituents and the sponsorship opportunities for local businesses can gain the same access.”

Features of the app include…
ART EVENTS
Click on Art Events and you will find out about the latest Art Events happening in town.

EXPLORE
Navigate by LIST or GRID, This feature displays All the galleries and studios in town and filters search by Arts Districts.

TOUR MAP
Click on the TOUR MAP and it will locate you and show you nearby galleries. Track where you are in every Arts District, click on a gallery to find out more.

The GALLERY DETAIL page contains a slide show of pictures, the address, hours and a brief synopsis of the gallery. You have the ability to mark as a favorite, click to see where it is on the map or share, via your favorite social channel.

FAVORITES
As you discover galleries in your experience, you can mark it as a FAVORITE, creating a lineup on your FAVORITES page and a customized map to make sure you don’t miss it on your Art Tour of the city.

TEXT ALERTS
Sign up and stay in touch with what is happening with the Art Scene!

Features of the Website include…
Free and Featured listings for galleries, Post Events and Openings, Newsletter signup, and Sponsorship opportunities for the Business community.

Co-Founder Debra White Doty adds, “Promoting SFAE on social media is an easy joy. Researching for SFAE is my guilty pleasure, and it is a joy to share with others. It has been a learning experience in getting to know the community. I am enthusiastic to share the art and artists, new and established, with Santa Fe locals and whoever else is watching. The beauty of social media is that it provides world-wide access to the art and unique aesthetic of Santa Fe.”

About the Curt Doty Company
A branding and marketing consultancy for the digital age providing best of breed solutions built upon a legacy of award winning results. Based in Santa Fe, the company rebranded the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival. Recent work includes a new website for NCI, the closed caption company. Their expertise lies in Corporate Identity; Content and Digital Marketing; Website and Mobile app design. They have also done extensive work with startup ventures nationally. www.curtdoty.co

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NAI Legacy Announces the Launch of Its Private Client Program

The full-service commercial real estate firm continues its strategic expansion into the sponsoring of tax-advantaged real estate solutions

MINNEAPOLIS, MN, USA, December 18, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — NAI Legacy announced today that it has formally launched it Private Client Program, designed to provide tax-incentivized and tax-deferred real estate solutions to individual investors and family offices. After completing nearly $100M of tax-deferred and tax-efficient transactions during the past year, and given the growing demand from individual investors for real estate investments, NAI Legacy launched the program to provide tailored real estate tax solutions to high-net worth families and individuals.

“In the next ten years, eighty percent of the current commercial real estate leaders in this country will be retiring,” said Duane Lund, Chief Executive Officer of NAI Legacy, “and as they retire, these owner- operators and investors will be faced with unique tax ramifications and problems that our Private Client Program will address and solve.”

The NAI Private Client Program anticipates expanding the program with the addition of 6-12 Private Client Advisors over the next year. The program will utilize the global network of nearly 400 NAI offices to provide clients with unparalleled access to opportunities nationwide.

“Every investor has unique investment goals and varying risk/return needs,” continued Duane Lund, “our Private Client Program will enable us to provide a personal and tailored investment experience to our clients and expand our investment program”.

The NAI Private Client Program plans to roll out an expansion into South Florida in Early 2021. “The South Florida market is home to large numbers of “snowbirds” and retirees that have originated from Minnesota and other cold-weather Midwest states. Our hope is that we can help some of them take advantage of some amazing opportunities found in the Tax Code, while investing alongside us in high-quality and essential commercial real estate assets.” said Michael Houge, NAI Legacy’s Managing Director.

About NAI Legacy

The NAI Legacy team has a combined 150 years and $6 billion of brokerage, investment and property management experience. The firm provides traditional brokerage and property management services, as well as offering real estate services for a range of tax and capital-driven investment alternatives, including 1031 Tax-Deferred Exchanges, Opportunity Zones, Delaware Statuary Trusts (DST’s) and Bonus Depreciation Maximization.

NAI Legacy is an affiliate of NAI Global; an international network of over 6,000 real estate professionals. The team is local, however the NAI Global affiliation provides them with professional “boots on the ground” in nearly every market across the globe.

To learn more, please visit nailegacy.com

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Astral at Auburn Retirement Community Hires Executive Director

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Amanda Palace will serve as the executive director for Astral at Auburn, a new senior living community in Auburn, Ind.

Amanda Palace will lead the Franciscan Advisory Services community, which offers independent living, assisted living and memory care for DeKalb County seniors.

Astral at Auburn will provide quality housing options for families with trusted staff and leadership. It is my honor to lead the community as we prepare to welcome our first residents.”

— Amanda Palace, executive director at Astral at Auburn

LEMONT, IL, UNITED STATES, December 18, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Astral at Auburn, a Franciscan Advisory Services community, has hired Amanda Palace as its executive director.

The community, which is located at 1675 W. 7th Street in Auburn, Ind., will provide independent living, assisted living and memory care for older adults.

Palace has a strong background in the assisted living, memory care and rehabilitation industries. For the past five years, she has worked as the executive director of senior living communities in the Fort Wayne, Ind. area.

A licensed nursing home administrator, Palace earned her bachelor’s degree in public health management and health administration from Indiana University.

Palace, who has deep roots in the area, says she is excited for the opportunity to continue building a talented team for Astral at Auburn.

“Having had the privilege of living in Auburn and having three of my children graduate from DeKalb High School, I am excited to see Astral offer the local community the best options in senior living,” Palace said. “Astral at Auburn is going to provide quality housing options for families with trusted staff and leadership. It is my honor to lead the community as we prepare to welcome our first residents.”

Astral at Auburn is a vibrant new retirement community expected to open in March 2021.

The three-story, 184,000 square-foot building will house 166 apartments with a variety of layout options. Astral at Auburn boasts a signature dining experience and close proximity to shopping, restaurants and recreational destinations, along with a wide range of enriching wellness activities.

For more information about Astral at Auburn, visit the community website or call (260) 247-6632. For more information on Franciscan Advisory Services, call (800) 524-6126 or visit the company website.

About Astral at Auburn
Astral at Auburn, managed by Franciscan Advisory Services, is a senior living community with a vibrant approach to retirement. The community will offer independent living, assisted living and memory care apartments that provide options for older adults at each stage of their journey. Astral at Auburn is located in Auburn, Indiana, and is expected to open in the spring.

About Franciscan Advisory Services
Franciscan Advisory Services, Inc., is a division of Franciscan Ministries, sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago, a Midwest leader in the senior living market. Franciscan Ministries currently owns and operates communities throughout Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky.

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Manitoba confirms increases to provincial renewable fuel blending regulations

Regulations increase renewable content in diesel to 5% in 2022, and in gasoline to 10% in 2022

Manitoba can meet not only its climate goals but also support the economic viability and social health of rural communities in every corner of the province.”

— Ian Thomson , ABFC President

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA, December 18, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Government of Manitoba has published final regulations that increase renewable content in diesel from the current level of 2% to 3.5% in 2021 and finally to 5% in 2022. Renewable content in gasoline increases from the current level of 8.5% to 9.25% in 2021 and to 10% in 2022.

Ian Thomson, President of Advanced Biofuels Canada stated: “Publication of these final regulations establishes the role of biofuels as a fundamental component of Manitoba’s Climate and Green Plan. Increased renewable fuel availability will provide significant emission reductions in Manitoba’s first five-year Carbon Savings Account period under the Climate and Green Plan Implementation Act, 2018. With this, Manitoba achieves not only its climate goals but also creates a larger role for the province’s agricultural sector and its importance to economic viability and social health of rural communities in every corner of the province.”

Since implementing its renewable fuel policies in both gasoline and diesel, Manitoba has reduced over 4 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions and realized direct economic benefits for Manitoba’s agricultural producers and processors in both domestic and export markets.

Advanced Biofuels Canada/ Biocarburants avancés Canada is the national voice for producers, distributors, and technology developers of advanced biofuels and synthetic fuels. Our members are global leaders in commercial production of advanced biofuels, with over 14 billion litres of installed annual capacity worldwide. Our members include Canada’s leading advanced biofuels producers and technology innovators and are actively developing new clean liquid fuels production and distribution assets and operations in Canada. For information on Advanced Biofuels Canada and our members, visit: www.advancedbiofuels.ca.

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Solatube® International Introduces the Solar-Powered Daylight Dimmer System

Control the Power of the Sun

SAN DIEGO, CA, UNITED STATES, December 18, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Love filling the home with natural light, but want the ability to adjust the brightness? Solatube® International Inc., the worldwide leading manufacturer and marketer of tubular skylights, is proud to introduce its Solar-Powered Daylight Dimmer System.

The innovative and energy-efficient Solar-Powered Daylight Dimmer allows users to adjust the amount of natural light in their space from bright to dark, and everything in between. Designed for maximum comfort and ease of use, the Solar-Powered Daylight Dimmer includes a remote-controlled, solar-powered butterfly baffle system designed to open and close at the touch of a button.

“The Solar-Powered Daylight Dimmer is magical. It allows me to have the exact amount of natural light I desire at any time of the day,” said J. Hedgecock, homeowner. “The solar component made it a great price and we didn’t have to cut out drywall to run any wires.”

Imagine being able to turn the family room from a natural-light-filled environment to a darkened space for TV and movie viewing. The Solar-Powered Daylight Dimmer gives homeowners that kind of control over their living spaces. No wiring, electricians or batteries are needed for the installation of this system. As an added benefit, purchasing the eco-friendly Solar-Powered Daylight Dimmer makes a homeowner eligible for a 26% federal tax credit on the product and installation of the system.

“Our customers have requested a solar-powered option and now we have it. Once installed it costs nothing to operate, just like our other daylighting products,” said Robert E. Westfall Jr., president of Solatube International. “Having a dimmer model that is completely solar-powered is a great addition to our product offerings. Customers now have the option to take a nap or watch a movie in the dark with the convenience of our dimmer system.”

Cost-effective, energy-efficient and eco-friendly, a Solatube tubular skylight harvests daylight at the rooftop, transfers it down a highly reflective tube (which bends up to 90 degrees and can be up to 70 feet or more long) and distributes it evenly into an interior space through a diffuser at the ceiling — on both sunny and cloudy days — with virtually no maintenance. It floods rooms in the home with beautiful, natural light at no cost once installed with no heat or cold transfer. No electric lights needed during the day.

Recently, Solatube tubular skylights were among the first innovations to receive the “Solar Impulse Efficient Solution” Label by The Solar Impulse Foundation, recognizing all the effort and innovative development it has made to become a recognized energy-efficient solution.

Today, more than 2 million people have improved their homes with Solatube products, and millions more have enjoyed the benefits at department stores, schools, hotels, hospitals, grocery stores, offices and athletic facilities. Well-known Fortune 500 brands have enhanced their customers’ experiences while reducing their corporate energy costs by incorporating Solatube products into their stores, offices and facilities.

About Solatube International
Solatube International, Inc., widely recognized as the daylighting industry innovator, has earned worldwide acclaim for its unrivaled ability to transform interior spaces with natural light. Based in California, the company is the leading manufacturer and marketer of tubular daylighting devices (TDDs) for all types of residential and commercial applications and residential energy-efficient home ventilation systems. Solatube continues to innovate with groundbreaking products that increase energy efficiency and light output, such as the award-winning, high-output SkyVault Series. For more information about the company and its related products, visit www.solatube.com

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Vigna Law Group: Vaginal Mesh Ethicon Multidistrict Litigation Update

Dr. Greg Vigna

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Dr. Greg Vigna discusses the evaluation of pudendal neuralgia cases from the MDL.

We are evaluating cases of confirmed pudendal neuralgia from the MDL that have been dismissed without prejudice who may have offers less than those who might suffer whiplash injuries…"”

— Dr. Greg Vigna

SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, December 18, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — “Of the approximately 39,616 cases originally filed in or transferred to the Ethicon MDL, only a handful remain”… Honorable Judge Goodwin (Case 2:12-md-02327 Document 9192)

Greg Vigna, MD, JD, national pharmaceutical injury attorney, practicing physician, Certified Life Care Planner states, “We remain very selective regarding the cases we are taking past the MDL as well as the new injury cases we sign. Our clients must have symptoms of a neurological injury or a confirmed diagnosis of neurological injury in order for us to go forward. We know that future care for our clients can be $600,000 or more per decade. Our biggest goal is that they get better. The goal of a civil case is to help the client obtain the maximum compensation that the law allows. We are working to help our clients become financially stable and to carry on with their lives."

Dr. Vigna adds, “We are evaluating cases of confirmed pudendal neuralgia from the MDL that have been dismissed without prejudice who may have offers less than those who might suffer whiplash injuries in motor vehicle accidents.”

The Vigna Law Group targets the below transobturator (TOT) slings and mini-slings that cause pudendal and obturator neuralgia:

Ethicon: TVT-O, Abbrevo
Boston Scientific: Obtryx, Solyx
Coloplast: Aris, Altis

The Vigna Law Group targets the below retropubic slings that cause ilioinguinal neuralgia, pudendal neuralgia, and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome:

Ethicon: TVT, TVT-Exact
Boston Scientific: Advantage Fit, Lynx
Coloplast: Supris

Dr. Vigna is a California and Washington DC lawyer who focuses on catastrophic neurological injuries caused by transvaginal mesh devices including pudendal neuralgia, obturator neuralgia, ilioinguinal neuralgia, and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. His cases are filed around the country with Martin Baughman, a Dallas Texas firm. Ben Martin and Laura Baughman are national pharmaceutical injury trial attorneys in Dallas, Texas.

To learn more on the anatomical basis for TOT injury or irritation to the obturator and pudendal nerve and the treatments of obturator and pudendal neuralgia click here: https://vignalawgroup.com/ebooks/pelvic-mesh-pain/#page=59

Click here for a FREE BOOK on Vaginal Mesh Pain.
For articles, video resources, and information visit the Pudendal Neuralgia Educational Portal or https://tvm.lifecare123.com/.
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Strategy Management Software Market 2020 Global Trends, Top players, Demand, Share, Segmentation and Forecast to 2026

COVID-19 Impact on Strategy Management Software Market

Wiseguyreports.Com Publish New Market Report On-“Strategy Management Software Market 2020 Global Analysis, Size, Share, Trends, Opportunities and Growth 2026”

PUNE, MAHARASTRA, INDIA, December 18, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ —

Strategy Management Software Market 2020

Global Strategy Management Software Scope and Market Size

According to this study, the Strategy Management Software market has been analyzed and a report has been published based on the latest trends of which qualitative and quantitative assessment has been done for portraying a clearer picture for the readers. The information provides a comprehensive overview, market shares, and the growth opportunities of Strategy Management Software market players, key regions and countries. In this way, the report suggests the effectiveness of the Strategy Management Software market and the growth opportunities for the forecast period from 2020-2026. The other aspects of the report have also been mentioned across a broad array of developments that creates a solid hold of the Strategy Management Software market. The base year for the report is 2019 and the forecast period stretches till 2026.

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The report is aimed at providing strategic profiling of the key players and comprehensive analysis of the growth strategies of the same. The analysis of the competitive developments such as expansions, agreements, new product launches and acquisitions going on in the Strategy Management Software market has also been done.

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Planview,
Cascade,
ClearPoint,
OnStrategy,
Envisio Solutions,
SmartDraw,
Rhythm Systems,
Kaufman,
Hall & Associates,
SAP, Prophix,
Tagetik,
StrategyBlocks

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The Strategy Management Software market report includes the segmentation based on the type, applications, manufactures along with regional segmentation. Such a module has been carried out with the perspective of studying various factors such as consumption growth and the value of the product/service. The report includes the regional segments of Latin America, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, Central, and South America and Africa.

Based on the Type:

Cloud Based
Web Based

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Large Enterprises
SMEs

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The research team has studied all the data and figures, focused on the key global manufacturers, described and analyzed the sales volume, market share, market competition landscape by adopting the SWOT analysis to enable faster decision making of the reader about the Strategy Management Software market. The development plans for the industry has also been put forward for the coming years. Individual growth trends, their future prospects and their contribution to the total market have also been provided in the report.

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1 Strategy Management Software Market Overview
2 Company Profiles
3 Global Strategy Management Software Market Competition, by Players
4 Global Strategy Management Software Market Size by Regions
5 North America Strategy Management Software Revenue by Countries
6 Europe Strategy Management Software Revenue by Countries
7 Asia-Pacific Strategy Management Software Revenue by Countries
8 South America Strategy Management Software Revenue by Countries
9 Middle East and Africa Revenue Strategy Management Software by Countries
10 Global Strategy Management Software Market Segment by Type
11 Global Strategy Management Software Market Segment by Application
12 Global Strategy Management Software Market Size Forecast (2020-2026)
13 Research Findings and Conclusion
14 Appendix
List of Tables and Figures

Continued…..

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Don Philpott Elected Vice-Chair of the Newly Formed National Association of State Park Foundations

Florida state park volunteer Don Philpott

Volunteers and friends' groups are an essential part of our nation’s state parks”

— Don Philpott

LONGWOOOD, FL, UNITED STATES, December 18, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Wekiwa Springs, Florida-based Don Philpott has been elected vice-chair of the newly formed National Association of State Park Foundations which supports and advocates for the army of volunteers and Friends groups that help care for the nation’s state park and forests.

There are more than 6,500 state parks and tens of millions of acres of state and they would not be able to operate without the help of the more than 1,550 state park friends’ groups nationwide and almost 500,000 volunteers, he said.

“These volunteers and groups support the work of park managers and staff, raise funds for projects in the parks, help run educational and environmental programs, and much more. They are an essential part of our nation’s state parks,” he added.

Don is a member of the Wekiva Wilderness Trust and a 20-year volunteer at Wekiwa Springs State Park and is president-elect of the Florida State Parks Foundation, which played a major role in setting up the nonprofit National Association. Last year, more than 10,000 volunteers donated over one million hours to supporting Florida’s award-winning state parks.

Full membership of the National Association is open to all nonprofit groups directly supporting their state parks and affiliate membership is open to individuals, other organizations, and corporate entities that want to support our mission and goals.

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Quincy Valentine Delivers His New Single, “Day Dreams.”

Quincy Valentine releases "Day Dreams," Featuring Shamyra | Now Available on all Streaming Platforms

NEW YORK, N.Y., USA, December 18, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Ever so often, the music world experiences the arrival of a producer/musician/songwriter who can also rap, bringing a fresh perspective, causing a buzzing from music lovers everywhere. This is the case with "Day Dreams," the new single from Quincy Valentine, Now available on all streaming platforms.

Quincy Valentine, who brought us his previous release, "Like You Do," is back again with his new single, "Day Dreams," featuring Shamyra.

In a recent interview, when asked about how the collaboration came into existence, Quincy responded:

"I met Shamyra through my label, Xplore Music Group. Initially, we were getting ready to release a different song. Then I sent Day Dreams as a potential follow up single, and well, "Day Dreams" ended up being the single. The vibe was just undeniable. I had sat in one of Shamyra's sessions once, and she's incredible at what she does. So when they [The Label] suggested she replace my scratch singing parts on the chorus, I had no complaints. I originally had a third verse, but I scrapped it so she could have room to do her thing on the bridge." Quincy Valentine

Be on the lookout for a music video during the 1st quarter of 2021.

Brief Bio:
Musician. Engineer. Producer. Songwriter. Artist. Quincy Valentine has a vast range of talent and versatility. He discovered and pursued his passion for music at the very young age of 9 in the Bronx, New York. Starting with talent shows and school performances, his natural born talent and years of practicing his craft has brought joy and entertainment to hundreds of people across the US. 

Quincy has had the opportunity to work with many different artists and warmed the hearts and minds of many through his art. Starting from playing keyboard in churches, he's progressed to play for various local artists, to big names like Scarface. Using his technical skills and forward vision, Quincy has also been a music director for recording artists and theatre productions associated with Carnegie Hall Presents, Theater for the New City, and Oberia D. Dempsey Theater.

Quincy is available for interviews; please inquire here: samsdigital.net@gmail.com
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AOAC INTERNATIONAL Certifies Three Test Kits for Detecting Novel Coronavirus on Surfaces

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Validated test kits needed in manufacturing and other situations where maintaining surfaces free of coronavirus is a public health concern

ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND, USA, December 18, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — AOAC INTERNATIONAL announced today that it has issued Certificates of Validation for three proprietary test kits that detect SARS-CoV-2, the causative agent of COVID-19 illness, on environmental surfaces.

The three tests are the first to pass the rigorous independent evaluation required by the globally recognized AOAC Research Institute’s Performance Tested MethodsSM Program, which implemented an Emergency Response Validation process to accelerate the review process.

“Food manufacturers and contract labs have stringent protocols to ensure their facilities are free of harmful pathogens and more recently, viruses,” said Erin Crowley, president of AOAC INTERNATIONAL. “Now, they also have independently validated tests they can use to ensure their sanitation protocols are effective and they continue to provide a culture of safety for their essential employees.”

In this initial phase of the validation process, test kits were evaluated for detection of the virus on stainless steel surfaces only. AOAC will expand validation to a broader range of environmental surfaces and food matrices in a follow-up project.

While SARS-CoV-2 is known to be susceptible to standard disinfection methods,[1] recent studies have shown that it can also be highly persistent on non-porous surfaces[2] such as stainless steel.

Certifications were issued for the VERIPRO® SARS-CoV-2 Environmental Assay by bioMérieux; EnviroX-Rv by PathogenDx, and COVID-19 Indoor TestTM by Phylagen.

• The bioMérieux VERIPRO SARS-CoV-2 Environmental Assay uses molecular, one-step, reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) technology for qualitative detection of SARS-CoV-2. The VERIPRO SARS-CoV-2 Environmental Assay can be performed without the need for an optional RNA purification step. No clinical supplies or reagents are required to run the VERIPRO SARS-CoV-2 Environmental Assay, freeing up critical clinical COVID-19 testing resources. The test is commercially available and can be run on all GENE-UP® Real Time PCR systems.

• The PathogenDx EnviroX-Rv assay is a test based on end-point RT-PCR coupled to DNA microarray hybridization for the detection of multiple genes within SARS-CoV-1 and SARS-CoV-2 viruses. The advantage of the EnviroX-Rv assay is its ability to deliver a higher level of sensitivity as demonstrated by its lower limit of detection in comparison to the reported qRT-PCR assays approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Emergency Use Authorization. Additionally, the DNA microarray provides unmatchable multiplexing power where numerous viruses and clades can be detected off a single swab at an affordable cost. The test is already in commercial use and available.

• The COVID-19 Indoor TestTM by Phylagen is a SARS-CoV-2 qualitative detection method that extracts the SARS-CoV-2 RNA from environmental swabs and detects it utilizing RT- PCR technology. Environmental surface swabs are collected by the customer and shipped back to Phylagen, Inc. for sample processing. Sample data are analyzed, and results are reported through a tracking portal. The test is commercially available for sampling surfaces and is a single site method for the detection portion of the test method.

To perform the reviews, the AOAC Research Institute technical consultants (Patrick Bird, Sharon Brunelle Ph.D., Maria Nelson and Zerlinde Johnson) assembled a team of analytical science experts.

• Laura J. Rose is a Microbiologist at the Healthcare Environment Applied Research Team, Clinical and Environmental Microbiology Branch, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

• John SantaLucia, Jr. Ph.D. is President and Co-founder of DNA Software, Inc. and a Professor at Wayne State University.

• Chengzhu Liang, Ph.D. is Director of Technical Center of Qingdao customs in the People’s Republic of China as well as President of the AOAC China Section.

Sanjiv R. Shah, Ph.D. is a Senior Microbiologist in the Homeland Security Research Program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research and Development.

• Jacquelina Williams-Woods, Ph.D. is a Research Microbiologist at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Gulf Coast Seafood Laboratory.

• William Burkhardt, Ph.D. is the Director, Division of Seafood Science and Technology at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Gulf Coast Seafood Laboratory.

This validation project broke new ground by employing in silico (“in silicon”) analytical techniques that harness modern computational power to compare results against large databases of genetic information. This has a significant advantage over traditional “wet-lab” testing in that genetic sequences from tens of thousands of strains of SARS-CoV-2 and near neighbors could be analyzed for inclusivity and exclusivity. Moreover, obtaining and shipping large numbers of SARS-CoV-2 strains and variants necessary for comparison could be difficult and potentially dangerous.

AOAC received validation applications for nine test kits in this initial phase of the program. In addition to the three that have received certification, four are in the final stages of certification and two are being revised for re-submission.

“The extraordinary depth and precision of in silico analysis in this Emergency Response Validation Program are remarkable,” said Scott Coates, AOAC Research Institute Director. “Some kits are demonstrating over 97 percent perfect matches for more than 15,000 SARS-CoV-2 genomes, when traditionally we can only test against 100 species, strains or variants. This is world-class research conducted in double-time tempo.”

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