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Becton Dickinson got clearance for a platform and test for the rapid identification and determination of antimicrobial susceptibility of gram-negative bacteria.

Smaller multiplex molecular panels of five or fewer targets will be covered, while a determination of gastrointestinal panel coverage is expected soon.

The company beat the consensus Wall Street estimate on the top line but missed it on the bottom line. It placed 39 net new ePlex analyzer during the quarter.

The Fusion module is an in-lab upgrade to Hologic's Panther instrument, which enables labs to extend the testing capabilities of their existing Panther. 

UPitt researchers found that using an FDA-cleared procalcitonin assay did not significantly change the use of antibiotics for patients suspected of having lower respiratory tract infections.

In 2018, the company expects to place between 140 and 170 new ePlex analyzers, and an annuity per ePlex in the $100,000 to $120,000 range.

The company's Diagnostics business was up 14 percent, while its Life Sciences business grew 13 percent. The firm also closed its $2 billion buy of IDT last week.

Using an immunoassay as an initial screening tool saved approximately $36,000 over multiplex PCR panel use alone when performed in a period of high flu prevalence.

The team hopes to commercialize the technology by producing cost-effective tests to rapidly diagnose common upper respiratory viral pathogens.

The Finnish firm provided updates on its isothermal amplification-based molecular diagnostics technology as well as its broader diagnostics business.

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