Saliva Testing Innovation Brings MLB Back to the Game

CASE STUDY
Leslie Titus Bryant
JAN 05, 2022

THE CHALLENGE:

In the wake of the COVID-19 2020 global pandemic, the world’s economy slowed to a crawl, office buildings were empty, students stayed home from school, stadiums were eerily silent, and we all had more questions than available answers.

While America tried to grapple with the “new normal” of stay-at-home orders and social distancing, healthcare organizations and governments began to do what they could to help stem the tide. Testing for the virus was a priority and it immediately became shockingly clear to the world that shortages in testing supplies and PPE equipment were causing a very real global threat to finding answers and providing treatment for this new virus. The only testing option that was available at the time involved nasal swabs, but within the first few weeks of the pandemic, the swabs were in critically short supply or simply out of stock.

As time went on players and fans of Major League Baseball (MLB™) held their breath awaiting word of whether the unthinkable would happen and there would be no baseball right when people needed it most. This sentiment was echoed in the press with USA Today lamenting, “The MLB already missed its planned opening day, and it is unclear when baseball could start.” And SportingNews asked, “Will MLB Cancel the 2020 Season?”

A major element that clouded the future of the 2020 season was the very diagnostic tests themselves. The nature of the swabs required medical professionals to insert the swab into a person’s nasal cavity to collect a biosample. This process is almost always painful and as more people became aware of the test, it became a source of anxiety and stress, which stopped many people from deciding to get themselves or their loved ones tested.

The league and club owners were understandably reluctant to inflict pain on their athletes and staff on a regular basis. Unless something changed, the 2020 season was doomed.

Saliva Testing Innovation Brings MLB Back to the Game

CASE STUDY
Leslie Titus Bryant
JAN 05, 2022

THE CHALLENGE:

In the wake of the COVID-19 2020 global pandemic, the world’s economy slowed to a crawl, office buildings were empty, students stayed home from school, stadiums were eerily silent, and we all had more questions than available answers.

While America tried to grapple with the “new normal” of stay-at-home orders and social distancing, healthcare organizations and governments began to do what they could to help stem the tide. Testing for the virus was a priority and it immediately became shockingly clear to the world that shortages in testing supplies and PPE equipment were causing a very real global threat to finding answers and providing treatment for this new virus. The only testing option that was available at the time involved nasal swabs, but within the first few weeks of the pandemic, the swabs were in critically short supply or simply out of stock.

As time went on players and fans of Major League Baseball (MLB™) held their breath awaiting word of whether the unthinkable would happen and there would be no baseball right when people needed it most. This sentiment was echoed in the press with USA Today lamenting, “The MLB already missed its planned opening day, and it is unclear when baseball could start.” And SportingNews asked, “Will MLB Cancel the 2020 Season?”

A major element that clouded the future of the 2020 season was the very diagnostic tests themselves. The nature of the swabs required medical professionals to insert the swab into a person’s nasal cavity to collect a biosample. This process is almost always painful and as more people became aware of the test, it became a source of anxiety and stress, which stopped many people from deciding to get themselves or their loved ones tested.

The league and club owners were understandably reluctant to inflict pain on their athletes and staff on a regular basis. Unless something changed, the 2020 season was doomed.

The Only Spitting Allowed in
2020 will Bring Baseball Back

THE SOLUTION:

That’s when the team at Spectrum Solutions asked the question “How can we be part of the solution?” This launched a chain of events that led to some groundbreaking scientific innovations. The company had previously designed a saliva collection device for at-home DNA tests for consumers to learn about their genetic lineage. The team took on the challenge to discover whether saliva could be used to test for COVID-19. They worked hand-in-hand with researchers from Rutgers University to test whether saliva could indeed be a viable bio-sample.
As it turns out, when researchers compared saliva to traditional swab-based COVID-19 testing methods, saliva proved to actually be more sensitive, trigger far fewer false negatives (which is a significant issue with swabs), AND delivered an increase in testing accuracy. Independent studies soon followed from universities and researchers across the nation and around the world. Reports echoed support for the remarkable solution and validated that saliva collected and preserved with Spectrum’s SDNA-1000 for detecting COVID-19 infections was viable. All of these institutions used the SDNA-1000 because of three distinct and unique properties of the company’s patented blue preservation solution that is used with the device:

  1. The proprietary blue preservation solution neutralizes the active virus. Without that capability, saliva samples with the live virus would put lab workers at extreme risk of exposure.
  2. The solution preserves and stabilizes the fragile RNA, which is what is used to detect and test for the virus.
  3. The solution stabilizes the bio-sample even in extreme temperatures and conditions, which allows for shipping around the country (and the world).

The FDA quickly provided the very first Emergency Use Authorization for COVID-19 diagnostic testing using saliva—and specified that because of its unique properties, saliva must exclusively be collected and preserved using the SDNA-1000 saliva collection device.
Ongoing research and news of saliva’s dramatic rise in diagnostic importance flooded the media and this relatively small, privately-held Utah company repeatedly found itself in headlines from around the world.

Leaders at MLB had three key requirements when it came to COVID-19 testing:

  1. COVID-19 tests had to be painless
  2. The tests had to be easy to use
  3. The tests had to give the option to be self-administered
  4. The supply of tests needed to be adequate to meet their demands with ease

The Spectrum Solutions SDNA-1000 saliva collection device easily met these requirements with flying colors.

In August, it became official with a partnership announcement. Major League Baseball named Spectrum Solutions, LLC as a partner in its COVID-19 testing program for the 2020 season. Spectrum Solutions supplied MLB and its Clubs with its SDNA-1000 saliva collection kits for all player and staff testing. The non-invasive saliva collection device has become a critical component of MLB’s comprehensive COVID-19 health monitoring and testing plan and served as a key safeguard to help maintain the health and safety of MLB personnel during the pandemic.

Jon Coyles - MLB VP of Health & Safety“We would like to thank Spectrum Solutions for playing such an integral role in Major League Baseball’s return to the field in 2020. We needed a safe, reliable, and non-invasive way to regularly test and monitor players and Club personnel this season. Spectrum has proven to be the best option available for our ongoing needs. We appreciate Spectrum’s support, collaboration, and assistance during this challenging time.”

Jon Coyles: VP, Health & Safety for MLB

The Only Spitting Allowed in
2020 will Bring Baseball Back

THE SOLUTION:

That’s when the team at Spectrum Solutions asked the question “How can we be part of the solution?” This launched a chain of events that led to some groundbreaking scientific innovations. The company had previously designed a saliva collection device for at-home DNA tests for consumers to learn about their genetic lineage. The team took on the challenge to discover whether saliva could be used to test for COVID-19. They worked hand-in-hand with researchers from Rutgers University to test whether saliva could indeed be a viable bio-sample.
As it turns out, when researchers compared saliva to traditional swab-based COVID-19 testing methods, saliva proved to actually be more sensitive, trigger far fewer false negatives (which is a significant issue with swabs), AND delivered an increase in testing accuracy. Independent studies soon followed from universities and researchers across the nation and around the world. Reports echoed support for the remarkable solution and validated that saliva collected and preserved with Spectrum’s SDNA-1000 for detecting COVID-19 infections was viable. All of these institutions used the SDNA-1000 because of three distinct and unique properties of the company’s patented blue preservation solution that is used with the device:

  1. The proprietary blue preservation solution neutralizes the active virus. Without that capability, saliva samples with the live virus would put lab workers at extreme risk of exposure.
  2. The solution preserves and stabilizes the fragile RNA, which is what is used to detect and test for the virus.
  3. The solution stabilizes the bio-sample even in extreme temperatures and conditions, which allows for shipping around the country (and the world).

The FDA quickly provided the very first Emergency Use Authorization for COVID-19 diagnostic testing using saliva—and specified that because of its unique properties, saliva must exclusively be collected and preserved using the SDNA-1000 saliva collection device.
Ongoing research and news of saliva’s dramatic rise in diagnostic importance flooded the media and this relatively small, privately-held Utah company repeatedly found itself in headlines from around the world.

Leaders at MLB had three key requirements when it came to COVID-19 testing:

  1. COVID-19 tests had to be painless
  2. The tests had to be easy to use
  3. The tests had to give the option to be self-administered
  4. The supply of tests needed to be adequate to meet their demands with ease

The Spectrum Solutions SDNA-1000 saliva collection device easily met these requirements with flying colors.

In August, it became official with a partnership announcement. Major League Baseball named Spectrum Solutions, LLC as a partner in its COVID-19 testing program for the 2020 season. Spectrum Solutions supplied MLB and its Clubs with its SDNA-1000 saliva collection kits for all player and staff testing. The non-invasive saliva collection device has become a critical component of MLB’s comprehensive COVID-19 health monitoring and testing plan and served as a key safeguard to help maintain the health and safety of MLB personnel during the pandemic.

Jon Coyles - MLB VP of Health & Safety“We would like to thank Spectrum Solutions for playing such an integral role in Major League Baseball’s return to the field in 2020. We needed a safe, reliable, and non-invasive way to regularly test and monitor players and Club personnel this season. Spectrum has proven to be the best option available for our ongoing needs. We appreciate Spectrum’s support, collaboration, and assistance during this challenging time.”

Jon Coyles: VP, Health & Safety for MLB

How you Collect, Preserve, & Transport Saliva is Pivotal

THE RESULTS

Because of the SDNA saliva collection kits, MLB became the first sports league ever to start and finish its season during a pandemic, playing 898 of its 900 scheduled games and all 30 clubs completed the 2020 MLB Season!

  • More than 200,000 SDNA saliva collection kits were used by MLB players, coaches, club staff, league executives, support personnel, and family members to complete the 2020 season
  • 12,000 test kits per week were distributed for monitoring purposes throughout the MLB 2020 Summer Camp, Regular Season and Postseason™
  • Thousands of free test kits were provided to schools, youth organizations, and healthcare providers within local communities throughout the 2020 MLB Regular Season and 2020-2021 MLB Offseason
  • Spectrum test kits allowed MLB to maintain a 0.05% positive test rate for all players and staff during the 2020 season and went 59 consecutive days without a positive COVID test among players.

“The entire team here at Spectrum loves Major League Baseball and we couldn’t be prouder to be part of the solution in helping the league with its key testing needs,” said Bill Phillips, COO of Spectrum Solutions. “Easy to use, pain-free saliva collection for COVID-19 testing is an essential part of MLB’s health and safety protocols. Spectrum is happy our SDNA-1000 kits are serving to support MLB play this 2020 season.”

How you Collect, Preserve, & Transport Saliva is Pivotal

THE RESULTS

Because of the SDNA saliva collection kits, MLB became the first sports league ever to start and finish its season during a pandemic, playing 898 of its 900 scheduled games and all 30 clubs completed the 2020 MLB Season!

  • More than 200,000 SDNA saliva collection kits were used by MLB players, coaches, club staff, league executives, support personnel, and family members to complete the 2020 season
  • 12,000 test kits per week were distributed for monitoring purposes throughout the MLB 2020 Summer Camp, Regular Season and Postseason™
  • Thousands of free test kits were provided to schools, youth organizations, and healthcare providers within local communities throughout the 2020 MLB Regular Season and 2020-2021 MLB Offseason
  • Spectrum test kits allowed MLB to maintain a 0.05% positive test rate for all players and staff during the 2020 season and went 59 consecutive days without a positive COVID test among players.

“The entire team here at Spectrum loves Major League Baseball and we couldn’t be prouder to be part of the solution in helping the league with its key testing needs,” said Bill Phillips, COO of Spectrum Solutions. “Easy to use, pain-free saliva collection for COVID-19 testing is an essential part of MLB’s health and safety protocols. Spectrum is happy our SDNA-1000 kits are serving to support MLB play this 2020 season.”

Noninvasive
Saliva Diagnostics

This changes everything

Health is a dynamic state of well-being. Healthcare providers and researchers have long believed that changes in our saliva record our ongoing state-of-health story. Interestingly, saliva acts as a wide resource of genomic information useful for identifying and monitoring in real-time a disease as well as its state of progression. Saliva analysis looks at the cellular level, the biologically active compounds, making it a true representative of what is clinically relevant.

Spectrum’s technically-superior saliva collection systems have not only been engineered to lead the saliva collection industry in molecular diagnostics and clinical research applications but deliver the safest, most robust biomaterial for the earliest detection and diagnosis of disease and infection.

  • Saliva provides the earliest path to critical detection and diagnosis
  • Saliva contains the entire library of proteins, hormones, antibodies, and other molecular compounds measured in routine blood tests
  • First EUA authorized saliva collection device for COVID-19 testing & authorized device for direct-to-patient at-home sample self-collection
  • Used in supervised & unsupervised sample collection LDT workflows of symptomatic & asymptomatic users
  • Pain-free, non-invasive, & safe – ideal for those needing frequent & repeat testing
  • In-device live virus inactivation at ambient temps (COVID-19 EUA validated data)
  • Eliminates hooded containment of samples arriving at the testing lab
  • No temperature-controlled storage or transport of collected saliva samples
  • Single device for DNA & viral RNA applications
  • Safest collection approach & most robust biomaterial for detecting COVID-19
  • Delivers 99.998% highest levels of testing accuracy & sensitivity
  • Formulation identifies infections at its earliest stage from as few as 200 copies/ml (lateral flow rapid tests need 10,000-20,000 copies/ml)
  • A single preserved saliva sample provides opportunity for multiple tests
  • Over two weeks of post-collection stability with no degradation in sample efficacy
  • System maintains critical bio-sample consistency
  • Mass-testing scalability & easy device integration using validated and supported processes
  • Mitigates any risk of infection throughout the testing process
  • Pinpoint life-cycle stage of active viral infection
  • Eliminates UN3373 shipping designation with clearance from USPS, FedEx, & UPS
  • Delivers the highest levels of testing accuracy using qualified extraction chemistries
Questions, Let’s Connect!

Noninvasive
Saliva Diagnostics

This changes everything

Health is a dynamic state of well-being. Healthcare providers and researchers have long believed that changes in our saliva record our ongoing state-of-health story. Interestingly, saliva acts as a wide resource of genomic information useful for identifying and monitoring in real-time a disease as well as its state of progression. Saliva analysis looks at the cellular level, the biologically active compounds, making it a true representative of what is clinically relevant.

Spectrum’s technically-superior saliva collection systems have not only been engineered to lead the saliva collection industry in molecular diagnostics and clinical research applications but deliver the safest, most robust biomaterial for the earliest detection and diagnosis of disease and infection.

  • Saliva provides the earliest path to critical detection and diagnosis
  • Saliva contains the entire library of proteins, hormones, antibodies, and other molecular compounds measured in routine blood tests
  • First EUA authorized saliva collection device for COVID-19 testing & authorized device for direct-to-patient at-home sample self-collection
  • Used in supervised & unsupervised sample collection LDT workflows of symptomatic & asymptomatic users
  • Pain-free, non-invasive, & safe – ideal for those needing frequent & repeat testing
  • In-device live virus inactivation at ambient temps (COVID-19 EUA validated data)
  • Eliminates hooded containment of samples arriving at the testing lab
  • No temperature-controlled storage or transport of collected saliva samples
  • Single device for DNA & viral RNA applications
  • Safest collection approach & most robust biomaterial for detecting COVID-19
  • Delivers 99.998% highest levels of testing accuracy & sensitivity
  • Formulation identifies infections at its earliest stage from as few as 200 copies/ml (lateral flow rapid tests need 10,000-20,000 copies/ml)
  • A single preserved saliva sample provides opportunity for multiple tests
  • Over two weeks of post-collection stability with no degradation in sample efficacy
  • System maintains critical bio-sample consistency
  • Mass-testing scalability & easy device integration using validated and supported processes
  • Mitigates any risk of infection throughout the testing process
  • Pinpoint life-cycle stage of active viral infection
  • Eliminates UN3373 shipping designation with clearance from USPS, FedEx, & UPS
  • Delivers the highest levels of testing accuracy using qualified extraction chemistries
Questions, Let’s Connect!
Major League Baseball Logo

Bringing Baseball Back!

How you collect saliva makes a big
diagnostic difference

Increase workplace safety and build team confidence with simple and safe repeat testing programs supporting 100% accurate early detection and easy direct-to-user at-home options. Just ask the MLB, real-world, mass testing scenarios require an authorized, proven, and supported system that mitigates any risk of exposure. See how our saliva collection system is credited for bringing baseball back” and making Salt Lake “the league’s most important city”.

™/© 2020 MLB

Case Study
Major League Baseball Logo

Bringing Baseball Back!

How you collect saliva makes a big
diagnostic difference

Increase workplace safety and build team confidence with simple and safe repeat testing programs supporting 100% accurate early detection and easy direct-to-user at-home options. Just ask the MLB, real-world, mass testing scenarios require an authorized, proven, and supported system that mitigates any risk of exposure. See how our saliva collection system is credited for bringing baseball back” and making Salt Lake “the league’s most important city”.

™/© 2020 MLB

Case Study

Why Spectrum?

Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, Spectrum Solutions® is a clinical science innovation leader and a specialized laboratory test ideation and commercialization partner. Our patented, noninvasive, and multi-omic specimen collection and preservation capabilities are setting new standards of modernized care for patients, providers, and laboratories in the testing, managing, and treatment of disease.

We believe when you bridge the gap between science and real direct-to-patient medical solutions you deliver innovation with the practical power to impact and change outcomes. Learn more Spectrum Medical Science SM, Spectrum Compounding Pharmacy TM, and Spectrum Clinical Manufacturing SM.

#partoftheSolution

Leslie Titus Bryant Spectrum Solutions SpokesmanSpectrum Corporate Spokesman
Leslie Titus Bryant
Head of Marketing & Brand
admin@spectrumsolution.com

Tim Rush Public Relations, Springboard 5Media Contact
Tim Rush, Springboard5
801-208-1100
tim.rush@springboard5.com

Why Spectrum?

Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, Spectrum Solutions® is a clinical science innovation leader and a specialized laboratory test ideation and commercialization partner. Our patented, noninvasive, and multi-omic specimen collection and preservation capabilities are setting new standards of modernized care for patients, providers, and laboratories in the testing, managing, and treatment of disease.

We believe when you bridge the gap between science and real direct-to-patient medical solutions you deliver innovation with the practical power to impact and change outcomes. Learn more Spectrum Medical Science SM, Spectrum Compounding Pharmacy TM, and Spectrum Clinical Manufacturing SM.

#partoftheSolution

Leslie Titus Bryant Spectrum Solutions SpokesmanSpectrum Corporate Spokesman
Leslie Titus Bryant
Head of Marketing & Brand
admin@spectrumsolution.com

Tim Rush Public Relations, Springboard 5Media Contact
Tim Rush, Springboard5
801-208-1100
tim.rush@springboard5.com

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