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One of a host of new methods used for diagnosis of and screening for COVID-19, there are still hurdles to widespread adoption of breath testing for the disease.

News items for the in vitro diagnostics industry for the week of August 3, 2020.

The tests use a range of different specimens including self-collected nasal swabs, bronchoalveolar lavage, sputum, and nasopharyngeal washes.

Initiatives to develop commercial breath diagnostic systems reveal that developers are trying out lab-based mass spec systems and portable electronic noses.

The partners said that the first project will focus on the discovery of breath biomarkers for chronic liver diseases and liver-related cancers. 

The grant recipients will receive up to $5 million each and are led by scientists at institutions including Harvard Medical School and the Cleveland Clinic.

Both recent FDA draft guidance and a new research framework encourage the use of biomarker diagnostics to assess Alzheimer's before symptoms emerge.

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.

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