Cleveland Clinic

Quest will have a broader relationship with Cleveland Clinic in diagnostic development, the companies say.

The firm believes the IsoPSA technology is superior to competitors, but clinicians argue that a lack of comparative studies could hamper adoption of all these tests.

As part of the acquisition, Quest has formalized an R&D agreement with Cleveland Clinic to commercialize emerging innovations.

Hospitals are increasingly recognizing the impact that improper lab test ordering can have on costs and patient care, doctors said.

A national center of excellence in cardiometabolic disorders will be created, focused on diagnostic information services.

The levels of the metabolite could predict near- and long-term cardiovascular events or death, the research team reported.

The test uses the company's SIA platform, a protein biomarker technology that measures different protein isoform populations to assess patient disease states.