Dr. Vincent Lombardi, the primary investigator and first author on paper
that appeared in the 8 October 2009 issue of "Science", is the Director of
Operations for the licensing and development of the XAND test assays used by
VIP Dx for the detection of XMRV. To download a copy of the paper by Dr.
Lombardi et al, "Detection of an Infectious Retrovirus, XMRV, in Blood Cells
of Patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome" please go to
www.sciencexpress.org VIP Dx has licensed the same technology used in the
research of the XMRV virus to develop their XAND (XMRV associated
neurological disease) testing.
October 23, 2009, Reno, Nevada
It is with great pleasure that Viral Immune Pathology Diagnostics (VIP Dx)
announces the introduction of its family of diagnostic tests for the
Xenotropic Murine Leukemia Virus-like Virus for XMRV associated neurological
Test acceptance will commence on October 23rd, 2009. Please contact our
Client Relations staff to arrange the shipment of test kits and acceptance
of samples. Each XAND specimen must have an XAND acceptance code on the test
requisition. The XAND acceptance code is assigned by our staff and will
arrive on the test requisition in your specimen kit. Specimens sent without
the appropriate acceptance code may result in the delay or inability to
perform the diagnostic test. The diagnostic tests available for XAND* are as
XAND by PCR for XMRV active infection: Test Code XAND ($400)
XAND1 by virus culture for XMRV latent infection: Test Code XND1 ($500)
XAND2 by PCR for XMRV active infection and virus culture for latent
infection: Test Code XND2 ($650)
XAND with Western Blot (reflexive) as confirmation of XMRV active infection
XAND by serology: Serological assay for XMRV IgG antibodies will be
available shortly. Samples requiring serological testing may be banked for
future testing if requested.
We are accepting XAND tests on Tuesdays and Fridays only due to the
incubation period required for proper analysis. Therefore, you must have
your blood drawn on Monday or Thursday and ship immediately back to us by
priority overnight FedEx for receipt by us on Tuesday or Friday.
For XAND testing you must use the coded test requisition provided with your
kit. Refer to the updated specimen guidelines in the right column of the
test requisition for proper blood draw.
No special preparation is required for specimens; ship specimens at ambient
(room) temperature. Specimens must be received within 24 hours for proper
analysis. Collection and shipping instructions are included in each kit
along with all required specimen tubes. The return clinical envelope and
overnight airbill are also included.
We are very excited about our latest technology and new XAND test menu. To
order you test kit and check on test availability, please call Client
Relations at (775) 351-1890. Our Client Relations desk is open from 9:00
a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday PST. You can also e-mail your request to
On behalf of the VIP Dx team, we thank you for your continued support.
* The XAND tests were developed and their performance characteristics were
determined and validated by VIP Dx. These tests have not been approved by
the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for diagnostic purposes. The
XAND tests are for informational use and medical expertise is required for
the correct interpretation.
Order XAND test kits:
5625 Fox Avenue, Suite 369
Reno, NV 89506
Phone: (775) 351-1890
Fax: (775) 682-8517
Client Relation Hours
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (PST)
Vincent Lombardi, Ph.D.
Lab Manager & Assay Development
Director, Marketing & Client Relations
Client Relations Representative