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Siemens Healthineers, Hermes Pardini Group to Develop Large Automated Lab

NEW YORK (360Dx) – Siemens Healthineers said today that it is developing a clinical analysis lab with the Hermes Pardini Group of Minas Gerais, Brazil, as part of an initiative, the Enterprise Project, expected to handle 110 million sample tubes per year.

Siemens said that in collaboration with Inpeco, a clinical lab automation firm, it has designed and will deliver a "fully automated multidisciplinary solution" that consists of at least 100 analyzers, including more than 50 Siemens Atellica Solution clinical chemistry and immunoassay analyzers.

The lab, in Vespasiano, Grande Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, will occupy 3,500 square meters of floor space and conduct operations 24 hours a day. It is expected to be operational during 2019 and provide automation of clinical and operational workflow from sample reception through testing and disposal, Siemens said.

The firm added that its Atellica Solution will help the Hermes Pardini Group achieve its objectives of operational efficiency and quality, including a decrease in turnaround time and reduction in operational costs, while driving accuracy, reliability, and precision of test results.

The new enterprise lab will be designed to employ a one-touch, one workflow concept that eliminates the need for manual interventions, ensures sample traceability, and reduces the turnaround time to results, Guilherme Collares, COO of the Hermes Pardini Group, said in a statement. The clinical analysis lab will consist of an automation track that is 330 meters long, used to automatically transport and distribute sample tubes to analyzers that can run specific types of tests requested by clinicians, he said.

The Atellica Solution enables high-throughput testing through intelligent routing that leverages bi-directional magnetic sample handling. Its immunoassay analyzers enable up to 440 tests per hour, Siemens said.