Sample Transport

Sample transport media, such as viral transport medium (VTM), stabilize cells and viruses from potentially infected patient samples during transport from the collection site to testing facilities. These reagents are suitable for various types of viruses, including coronaviruses, herpesviruses, and influenza viruses. Preserving the virus helps provide an accurate diagnosis and allows for sample storage for further study. Teknova products for sample transport include viral transport medium and saline solution, both of which are effective collection and transportation media for subsequent testing by qPCR [1]. Different volumes and containers can be specified to satisfy unique needs. Both types of sample transport media are manufactured in a state-of-the-art GMP facility that is certified ISO 13485:2016 compliant.

Teknova Viral Transport Medium (CDC Formulation) is a non-propagating transport culture medium that allows molecular or antigen assays for the analysis of clinical samples that may contain viruses.

Teknova Viral Transport Medium is manufactured according to the formulation and standard operating procedure of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) [2]. This medium is in compliance with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) COVID-19 Transport Media Policy, July 2020 guidelines and is distributed under this policy after following the FDA notification process.

Teknova 0.85% Saline Solution is suitable for transporting viral samples as well as preparing test solutions of organisms.

For reagent inquiries related to SARS-Cov-2, please email us at covid19@teknova.com


1. Rodino KG, Espy MJ, et al. (2020) Evaluation of saline, phosphate-buffered saline, and minimum essential medium as potential alternatives to viral transport media for SARS-cov-2 testing. J Clin Microbiol 58(6):e00590–20.

2. SOP#: DSR-052-04. Preparation of viral transport medium. US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [Accessed August 20, 2020]

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