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PerkinElmer reduced its headcount by 109 employees in 2018 as a result of restructuring actions, it said in its Form 10-K filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission this week.

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 platform, which Waters introduced last month, uses flow-injection tandem mass spectrometry to enable high-throughput analysis of dried blood spots.

The approval covers Waters' Acquity UPLC and Acquity UPLC I-Class systems, as well as its Xevo TQD, Xevo TQ-S micro, and Xevo TQ-S mass spectrometers.

The investment bank took note of Danaher's soft organic growth rate in the first quarter, and said it will need to build up its life science portfolio. 

A report from Leerink predicted Thermo Fisher Scientific could launch such a system within the next year, potentially opening up the clinical mass spec market.

The bank rated companies like Thermo Fisher Scientific and Agilent at Buy, Illumina and PerkinElmer at Hold, and Myriad Genetics and Luminex at Sell.

According to the company, the test is currently the only CE-marked single-vendor test that measures 25(OH) D2 and D3 (25-OH-VitD) in a single analysis.