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The test is the latest in a series of CE-IVD-marked assays the company has launched for use on Becton Dickinson's PCR-based BD Max platform.

Danaher's life sciences revenues grew 6 percent, while its diagnostics revenues rose nearly 5 percent, including an increase of more than 20 percent at Cepheid.

The test combines the superior performance of laboratory-based PCR tests and the simplicity and convenience of traditional POC rapid immunoassays, the firm said.

This test is the firm's second assay on the point-of-care Accula molecular diagnostics system. 

The test, which uses automated reverse-transcription real-time PCR, expands the firm's menu of CLIA-waived tests for use in near-patient and point-of-care settings.

The Dublin-based company also aims to raise up to €5 million this year to support additions to its R&D and sales and marketing teams.

The firms intend to seek CE marking and US Food and Drug Administration clearance for the test.

The company's microchip-based technology will detect viral and bacterial genetic material using both isothermal amplification and electrochemical measurements.

The test detects and differentiates respiratory syncytial virus and human metapneumovirus on the firm's Solana rapid molecular platform.

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.

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