What is Omicron?

The Omicron variant, which was first reported in South Africa and classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a Variant of Concern, has since spread to more than 50 countries worldwide. The variant has over 30 mutations in the spike protein, thereby affecting its binding to human cells and resulting in immune escape. This makes the variant more infectious and may reduce the efficacy of current vaccines.

Why is there a need for a PCR detection kit?

Most commercial PCR kits remain effective in detecting Omicron but are unable to differentiate this variant specifically from the rest. To confirm if a positive case has been infected by Omicron, next-generation sequencing (NGS) is necessary which usually takes between 24 to 96 hours to generate results. Many countries do not have ready access to NGS.

ProTect™ Omivar RT-qPCR Kit

The ProTect™ Omivar RT-qPCR is a specially developed kit by JN Medsys that provides all necessary reagents for the accurate detection of the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant, serving as a confirmatory test with high accuracy and sensitivity.

It is a cost- and time-saving test alternative to Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) using a rapid and robust detection method with results can be obtained in just 1 hour.

Accurate detection of the Omicron variant

The ProTect™ Omivar RT-qPCR test is a nucleic acid test that identifies the Omicron variant from other SARS-CoV-2 variants, using nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal swabs and tested on reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). Known as the gold standard method, it provides high sensitivity and specificity to detect down to 15 copies of the variant. The test targets Omicron mutation genes to ensure accurate and specific detection of the variant now all in one reaction!

Accuracy >99%

Detects Omicron specific mutations

Differentiate Omicron variant from other SARS-CoV-2 virus

Sensitivity down to <15 copies/reaction

Manufactured in Singapore under ISO13485 certification

Results in 1 hour

Product information

Each ProTect™ Omivar kit comes with sufficient reactions for performing 100 tests and consists of:

  • ProTect™ Omivar one-step RT qPCR reagent
  • Ready to use primer and probe mix for Omicron mutation detection
  • Nuclease-free water
  • Positive control

TaqMan-based detection using one-step RT-PCR

High accuracy for the Omicron variant

Compatible with most real-time PCR instruments

Detects Omicron mutation genes for better accuracy


Test PrincipleOne-step RT-qPCR (Taqman-based)
TargetsOmicron specific mutation genes
Number of Tests100 tests/kit (Cat. No. 10035)
Compatible Specimen TypeUpper respiratory specimens (eg. Nasopharyngeal and/or oropharyngeal)
Limit of Detection<15 copies RNA per reaction
SpecificityDetects only Omicron variant based on in silico sequence validation
Storage condition-20 degC
Equipment requiredReal-time PCR instrument with FAM detection channel
Package dimension73 mm x 98 mm x 54 mm

Ordering information

Product nameContentsCat. No. Price
ProTect™ COVID-19 RT qPCR Kit 2.0100 tests per kit10029Contact us
ProTect™ Omivar RT qPCR Kit100 tests per kit10035Contact us
BUNDLE: ProTect™ COVID-19 + Omivar RT-qPCR Kit
100 tests each10036Contact us
ProTect™ RT-qPCR Master Mix100 reactions per kit12037Contact us