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Hologic Introduces Upgrades to Panther MDx System, Touting Scalability, Flexibility

The upgrades include a method to connect Panther systems to create a higher-throughput system that can be configured to different footprints.

The company aims to launch a CE-IVD-marked MALDI system in 2021 that will identify bacteria in urinary tract infections without requiring sample culturing.

Its product revenues were up 30 percent year over year, but research revenues decreased 89 percent. The firm posted $329,000 in grant contribution revenues.

The firm said that its nucleic acid amplification test provides viral load measurements of HIV type 1 groups M/N and O, and HIV-2 within 70 minutes

The test for P. vivax-associated malaria was developed with support from FIND and will be distributed by Human Diagnostics Worldwide.

The developer of assays to detect drug-resistant strains of HIV has now branched into Lassa detection, and will potentially be seeking instrument partners.

The in vitro diagnostic is designed to detect whole gene segments for influenza A and B viruses and can characterize viruses as seasonal or nonseasonal.

Luminex has since fixed the problem with a software update but a similar issue with non-specific amplification has also affected two targets on BioFire's GI panel. 

The company has split bloodstream infection testing into three multiplex panels that can detect a total of 56 pathogen targets and 10 markers of antimicrobial resistance.

The firm said its new molecular platform, which offers random-access testing, high throughput, and a broad menu has the potential to replace multiple instruments in molecular labs.

The firm said that the test, a hematology-based cellular biomarker that identifies morphological changes within monocyte white blood cells, could speed diagnosis.

The microfluidic immunoassay uses spectrometry and a lateral flow method to diagnose the "very large global health problem" in about 20 minutes.

The method, presented at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, may provide results in hours rather than a week or more.

A display at a booth at ECCMID where antimicrobial resistance was a major theme.

Industry executives said that clinical needs associated with antimicrobial resistance and sepsis are generating more interest in AST technologies.

The firm said that its new hematology-based cellular biomarker test has the potential to advance clinicians’ approach to sepsis triage and diagnosis.

Decreased sales in the firm's centralized and point-of-care business and diabetes care business were partially offset by strong growth in the molecular diagnostics business.

The Austin, Texas-based company offers more than 30 tests, including those for food sensitivity, fertility and women's hormones, sexually transmitted diseases, and thyroid.

The two organizations will seek to engage stakeholders worldwide in order to increase demand for and access to HCV diagnostics.

The test completes a suite of assays designed to detect pathogens that can cause sepsis using the firm's ePlex system.

An early user of a new Mycoplasma genitalium and antibiotic resistance test from SpeeDx that uses the Xpert cartridge shared some initial validation data.

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