Biobest - supporting the fight against COVID-19

Published: 30 April 2020

Biobest, based at Edinburgh Technopole, is in the process of launching SARS-CoV-2 PCR testing (the “have you got it? ” COVID-19 test) to the general public.

The Biobest team has worked tirelessly over the past few weeks to offer their full testing capacity to the NHS and Government bodies on a not-for-profit basis, however as a small private testing laboratory this offer has not been taken up by Government. 

Biobest Covid19 Andrew Aga

Having exhausted all avenues, Biobest has now taken the decision to provide screening testing to the general public. The test is a PCR based assay to detect virus and can be used to check if individuals displaying symptoms actually have the virus, or if asymptomatic individuals are shedding infectious virus (and are therefore both infected and infectious).

This could be a useful tool for occupiers of Edinburgh Technopole and the wider Midlothian Science Zone when considering their individual and family circumstances and “returning to work post lockdown” policies.

Biobest is currently completing validation work and final logistics and hope to be able to launch the testing service at some point next week. The test price is £150 (ex VAT).

Register Interest

To register your interest in Biobest COVID-19 testing service and be the first to hear when testing is available please visit their dedicated website at and enter your name and email address in the form.

For updates or further details of the testing, please check at Biobest COVID-19 Testing or contact Biobest lab directly on 0131 440 2628.

Biobest is a leading molecular diagnostics laboratory with over 25 years experience in testing for infectious diseases. We operate to a number of international recognised quality management systems including GMP, GLP and ISO/IEC 17025:2017.



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