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The test, called Fujifilm SILVAMP TB LAM, was found to be about 30 percent more sensitive than the Alere Determine TB LAM Ag test from Abbott.

Oxford Immunotec said that it expects the report to further the trend toward interferon-gamma release assay adoption for healthcare personnel screening.

The company logged total Q1 revenues of $14.8 million, above its previous guidance of a revenue range of $13.4 million to $14.1 million.

Based on PCR technology acquired from Hain Diagnostics, the test and platform enable rapid detection of TB, as well as assessment of antibiotic resistance.

The partners inked a licensing deal to market and distribute TGen's DeepChek-TB as a compact, portable, and affordable diagnostic model for physician use.

Revenues included sales to the former US lab business and revenue from T-SPOT.TB tests sold to Quest after Nov. 6 as part of a long-term supply agreement.

The companies will standardize and automate Qiagen's QuantiFeron-TB Gold Plus test workflow on Tecan's Fluent laboratory automation workstation.

The study authors said that many cases of drug resistance remained undetected due to inaccurate tests, resulting in more deaths from incorrect treatment. 

The device can process high-volume sputum samples for PCR-based Mycobacterium tuberculosis detection at smear-negative, culture-positive levels.

The researchers also determined that the two most widely used IGRAs used for diagnosing the disease in developed countries are not accurate for active TB.

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