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Value-Dx is being spearheaded by six in vitro diagnostic firms and 20 non-industry partners and will be funded with with €14 million over four years.
The firms will focus on developing and implementing biomarker-based immunoassay diagnostics for kidney injury.
Since moving to rapid molecular testing, the lab has doubled its billable test volume, largely through increasing clients for its outreach lab services.
The firm also reported full-year 2018 sales of €2.42 billion, a year-over-year increase of 6 percent on a reported basis, or 10 percent organically.
Lab director Glenn George discusses trends within clinical microbiology that could set it apart from other portions of the clinical laboratory.
The BioFire FilmArray Pneumonia panel will be used to optimize clinical trial enrollment for an antibiotic to treat combat carbapenem-resistant A. baumannii infections.
GenMark got clearance for an assay to detect fungal pathogens from blood cultures of patients with suspected bloodstream infections, and it received clearance for a bacterial assay.
Despite a recent positive economic modeling study, the debate over appropriate use of the ME panel seems likely to continue until more outcomes studies are conducted.
The year saw the launch of high-profile platforms as well as efforts by a number of parties to streamline mass spec technologies for the clinic.
The test is the second of three panels intended to detect pathogens that cause the bloodstream infections that can lead to sepsis.