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Bosch’s rapid coronavirus test delivers results for positive samples in less than 30 minutes

Vivalytic screen with new software

Cloud-based software update means a faster PCR test for SARS-CoV-2

  • Improved software for Vivalytic: turnaround time for positive SARS-CoV-2 samples reduced to under 30 minutes.
  • Expansion of production: Launch of two new productions lines in December.
  • New jobs created: 80 associates – some from Bosch’s mobility division – were newly hired this year.
  • Update from the cloud: Vivalytic analysis devices are updated over the internet.
Dörthe Warnk

Dörthe Warnk


Stuttgart, Germany – Thanks to improved software for the Vivalytic analysis device, the Bosch rapid coronavirus test, which uses polymerase chain reactions (PCR), now delivers its results even faster. By applying optimized evaluation strategies, the Vivalytic analysis device can detect a positive sample through its high viral load in less than 30 minutes, right where the sample is collected. “In the fight to contain the coronavirus pandemic, speed is of the essence. With Vivalytic, we are delivering cutting-edge medical technology. Our IT and software expertise have helped to make the Bosch Corona test for positive samples even faster – all within a short period of time,” says Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH. This modified product is part of a research and development project relating specifically to Covid-19, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) to the tune of 4.97 million euros. The project’s aim is to expand the options for detecting acute infections of the coronavirus, looking particularly at on-the-spot testing in which the sample is analyzed in a fully automatic PCR process, as this offers rapid yet reliable results.

In the fight to contain the coronavirus pandemic, speed is of the essence. With Vivalytic, we are delivering cutting-edge medical technology. Our IT and software expertise have helped to make the Bosch Corona test for positive samples even faster – all within a short period of time.

Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH

The turnaround time for samples negative for SARS-CoV-2 is still 39 minutes. PCR tests are considered the gold standard, and Bosch’s rapid coronavirus tests have a sensitivity of 98 percent and a specificity of 100 percent. They are already available in 26 countries, mostly in Europe. “To meet the high demand, we launched two new production lines at our headquarters in Waiblingen in December,” says Marc Meier, president of Bosch Healthcare Solutions. “In total, we were able to create more than 80 new jobs this year, some of which have been filled by associates from Bosch's mobility division,” Marc Meier continues.

Update from the cloud platform Vivasuite

The new update is available for the SARS-CoV-2 singleplex test and the SARS-CoV-2 pooled test. Updating the Vivalytic testing devices is simple and straightforward – all that is required is an internet connection to access the Bosch cloud platform Vivasuite. Developed in-house at Bosch, the Vivasuite cloud platform allows users to digitally manage and update all their Bosch Healthcare Solutions devices. This is also an advantage when Vivalytic devices are in use in the field. The platform meets the strictest security standards and data privacy is guaranteed at all times: for example, there is no remote access to Vivalytic devices, and no possibility of accessing patient data.

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Bosch at CES 2021:

  • VIRTUAL PRESS CONFERENCE: Monday, January 11, 2021, from 8:00 to 8:30 EST (14:00–14:30 CET) with Dr. Michael Bolle, Bosch CTO, CDO, and management board member, and Mike Mansuetti, president of Bosch North America, at the Bosch Media Service.
  • VIRTUAL BOOTH: January 12 – February 15, 2021, at
  • FOLLOW the Bosch CES 2021 highlights on Twitter: #BoschCES
  • DEEP-DIVE SESSIONS WITH BOSCH-EXPERTS: January 12 – February 15, 2021, at
    • Sustainable #LikeABosch: How a key global industry player drives carbon neutrality at its sites with Torsten Kallweit, Head of Corporate Office Health, Safety, Environmental and Fire Protection as well as Sustainability and Manager CTO Bosch Climate Solutions GmbH, and Annette Wagner, Head of Sustainability and Ideas Lab
    • Move #LikeABosch: Technology for sustainable future mobility with Mike Mansuetti, President of Bosch North America, and Tim Frasier, Regional President Automotive Electronics North America
    • Artificial intelligence in use: Application examples from the fields of fitness tracking and well-being to smart cameras with Kaustubh Gandhi, Senior Product Manager, and Sina Isabell Springer, Business Development Manager
    • Perfectly keyless advanced with Tim Frasier, Regional President Automotive Electronics North America, Daniel Kornek, Head of Product Area Vehicle Access (Perfectly Keyless), and Jia Hou, Business Development Manager

About Bosch

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 429,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2023). The company generated sales of 91.6 billion euros in 2023. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. With its business activities, the company aims to use technology to help shape universal trends such as automation, electrification, digitalization, connectivity, and an orientation to sustainability. In this context, Bosch’s broad diversification across regions and industries strengthens its innovativeness and robustness. Bosch uses its proven expertise in sensor technology, software, and services to offer customers cross-domain solutions from a single source. It also applies its expertise in connectivity and artificial intelligence in order to develop and manufacture user-friendly, sustainable products. With technology that is “Invented for life,” Bosch wants to help improve quality of life and conserve natural resources. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 470 subsidiary and regional companies in over 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. Bosch’s innovative strength is key to the company’s further development. At 136 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 90,000 associates in research and development, of which nearly 48,000 are software engineers.

The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861–1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant upfront investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-four percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The remaining shares are held by Robert Bosch GmbH and by a corporation owned by the Bosch family. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG. It is entrusted with the task of safeguarding the company’s long-term existence and in particular its financial independence – in line with the mission handed down in the will of the company’s founder, Robert Bosch.

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