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Cepheid Xpert GBS LB XC and Xpert Xpress MVP

Cepheid has launched its Xpert GBS LB XC test to qualitatively detect Group B Streptococcus (GBS) from enriched Lim broth cultures of patient samples. The new assay builds on Cepheid's previous Xpert GBS LB test launched in 2012 by adding another target. The new molecular test includes dual targets in highly conserved regions of the GBS genome to improve coverage and performance, Cepheid said in a statement. The test can provide positive results in 27 minutes and negative results in 43 minutes.

Cepheid has also launched its Xpert Xpress MVP test, a multiplexed PCR test to detect DNA from organisms associated with bacterial vaginosis, vulvovaginal candidiasis, and trichomoniasis from a single vaginal swab sample. The test returns results in an hour and runs on Cepheid's GeneXpert systems.