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The Xpert Xpress Flu can detect both influenza A and B virus in 20 minutes from either nasopharyngeal or nasal swabs.

Sekisui will distribute Mesa's point-of-care molecular system for flu A/fB in the US and Canada, pending approval from regulators.

The multiplexed assay is the second available on the Panther Fusion system and the FDA is reviewing a third, the Panther Fusion AdV/hMPV/RV assay.

The assay runs on the Panther Fusion system, which combines transcription-mediated amplification, real-time TMA, and real-time PCR with full sample-to-result automation.

The firm said that it will soon apply for a CLIA waiver of the second-generation test,which can report positive results in as little as five minutes

The CDC received clearance for a number of influenza panels and kits. Agilent's assay for postnatal CNV detection, and Abbott's hematocrit test were also cleared. 

The panel, developed by collaborator Janssen, is expected to improve detection of influenza and respiratory syncytial virus.

The company plans to expand into new markets through its recent acquisition of Alere Triage assets.

Canaccord and William Blair also increased their price targets on  Quidel's shares, following its acquisition of certain Alere assets and assays.

The firm said that its Panther Fusion system expands molecular testing capabilities, and increases productivity and flexibility for labs.

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