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OpGen to Acquire AdvanDx

OpGen Inc. has agreed to acquire AdvanDx Inc., a Woburn, Mass., developer of advanced molecular diagnostic products. The acquisition will be accounted for as a merger combination. The consummation of the merger provides OpGen with a family of FDA approved and CE marked rapid molecular tests for use with the company's Acuitas MDRO Gene tests and bioinformatics for multi-drug resistant organisms.AdvanDx is a market leader in molecular testing of blood cultures. Its QuickFISH products are FDA approved ...

Posted on: August 02, 2015
Meridian Bioscience Gets FDA Clearance for New Molecular Amplification Test: Illumigene HSV 1 & 2

Meridian Bioscience has received FDA clearance for two new molecular assays for the detection of Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 (HSV-1) and Type 2 (HSV-2), to be run on its illumigene molecular platform. The illumigene HSV 1&2 assays, launched earlier this year in Europe, are now available immediately in the US - they are the eighth and ninth assays added to the illumigene molecular menu now that includes; C. difficile, Group A Streptococcus, Group ...

Posted on: July 31, 2015
Orchard School of Medical Analytics Slates First Session

Orchard School of Medical Analytics Orchard Analytics, a business unit of Orchard Software Corporation, is introducing the Orchard School of Medical Analytics, intended to educate pathologists and healthcare leaders in the use of advanced analytics to improve patient care and reduce costs. The first Orchard School of Medical Analytics training class will be Oct. 19-22, 2015, in Indianapolis, Ind. The U.S. healthcare system is in the process of evolving into a system that rewards quality outcomes and ...

Posted on: July 30, 2015
First Smartphone DNA Test for Chlamydia to Be Presented at 2015 AACC Annual Meeting

At the 2015 AACC Annual Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo, researchers will present findings that a first-of-its-kind smartphone test for chlamydia can detect the disease with high accuracy, which could reduce the prevalence of this sexually transmitted disease (STD) by making chlamydia screening easier and cheaper.Most people with chlamydia are not aware of it because the infection often causes no symptoms, but if left untreated, this STD can develop into pelvic inflammatory disease and irreversibly damage ...

Posted on: July 29, 2015
Research on First Lab-on-Cartridge Device That Can Perform All Common Medical Tests Presented at 2015 AACC

 Clinical laboratory tests play a crucial role in making sure patients get appropriate care, yet many small labs and clinics in low resource settings cannot afford the instruments needed to provide these tests. Research on a novel fingerprick test that can perform all common clinical diagnostics could help to expand access to basic medical testing in the developing world, and will be featured at the 2015 AACC Annual Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo.Public health experts estimate that approximately one ...

Posted on: July 29, 2015
At AACC: Researchers Announce New Tests to May Make Diagnosing and Monitoring Diabetes Easier and More Affordable

Researchers have successfully tested two new potential methods for diagnosing and monitoring diabetes in its standard and gestational forms. These findings, presented today at the 2015 AACC Annual Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo in Atlanta, may lead to easier, timelier, and more affordable ways of identifying and treating this chronic disease.Globally, diabetes affects an estimated 9 % of adults and is directly responsible for about 1.5 million deaths each year, according to WHO. Most of those deaths ...

Posted on: July 29, 2015
Lophius Biosciences Launches T-Track ImmunoScan Kit and T-activated ImmunoScan Cocktail for Monitoring Immune Function

Lophius Biosciences GmbH, a biotech company focusing on the development and marketing of innovative T cell-based research tools and diagnostic systems for functional assessment of pathogen/disease-reactive T cells, has announced the commercial launch of T-Track ImmunoScan and T-activated ImmunoScan Cocktail. Based on a proprietary and very specific cocktail of stimulants in combination with the Company's T-activation technology, T-Track ImmunoScan and T-activated ImmunoScan Cocktail ...

Posted on: July 29, 2015
At AACC: Hair Samples May Offer New Insights Into the Relationship Between Asthma, Cortisol, and Complications in Pregnancy

Hair samples can be used to measure the effects of asthma on the cortisol levels of women during pregnancy, according to research presented today at the 2015 AACC Annual Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo in Atlanta. This research also shows that levels of cortisol, a stress-related hormone, tend to be lower among pregnant women with asthma than among pregnant women without the chronic, inflammatory lung disease.These findings, which will be discussed during an oral poster presentation, suggest that hair ...

Posted on: July 28, 2015
Two New Tests That May Make Diagnosing and Monitoring Diabetes Easier and More Affordable

Researchers have successfully tested two new potential methods for diagnosing and monitoring diabetes in its standard and gestational forms. These findings, presented today at the 2015 AACC Annual Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo in Atlanta, may lead to easier, timelier, and more affordable ways of identifying and treating this chronic disease.Globally, diabetes affects an estimated 9 percent of adults and is directly responsible for about 1.5 million deaths each year, according to the World Health ...

Posted on: July 28, 2015
Beckman Coulter Diagnostics Demonstrates Solutions to Balance Better Care and Efficiency at AACC

Beckman Coulter Diagnostics will be showcasing its comprehensive portfolio of high-productivity analytical and workflow systems at the 2015 American Association of Clinical Chemistry (AACC) Annual Meeting and Clinical Lab Expo in Atlanta, Ga., today through Thursday. Clinical Lab Expo attendees may visit the Beckman Coulter booth to experience this year's theme - "Balance Better Patient Care and Efficiency" - to learn how laboratories are achieving clinical, operational and financial goals by partnering ...

Posted on: July 28, 2015
AACC Announces 2015 Corporate Supporter Award Winners; Thanks Organizations for Their Invaluable Support

AACC is pleased to announce the recipients of the AACC 2015 Corporate Supporter Awards. Each year, AACC recognizes the companies and organizations that generously support the association through sponsorships, advertising, and exhibiting. These significant contributions make it possible for AACC to improve patient care by fostering research, innovation, and professional excellence in the field of laboratory medicine.The AACC 2015 Corporate Supporter Award recipients have provided support for AACC ranging ...

Posted on: July 28, 2015
COLA Resources Inc. to Showcase IQCP Tool at AACC Expo

The educational subsidiary of COLA, COLA Resources Inc.(CRI), will showcase its innovative IQCP E-Optimizer tool at the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) Annual Meeting and Clinical Laboratory Expo, today through July 30, Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Ga., Booth #4647.CRI also will hold an interactive workshop on strategies for implementing an IQCP plan on  July 31 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Sheraton Atlanta Downtown ...

Posted on: July 28, 2015
At AACC: Rapid Ebola Test Could Play Key Role in Efforts to End Lingering Outbreak

Research presented at the 2015 AACC Annual Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo will expand on the studies that led to a fingerprick Ebola test becoming the first and only rapid diagnostic for this disease to receive approval from the World Health Organization (WHO). This test could prove vital to breaking Ebola's grip on West Africa by identifying suspected Ebola cases within minutes, and enabling healthcare workers to isolate and treat these patients much faster than is currently possible.More than 11,000 ...

Posted on: July 27, 2015
AACC Emphasizes Need for Quality Results and Patient-Friendly Reports in Direct-to-Consumer Testing

Noting a paradigm shift among consumers who are seeking greater control over their own healthcare, AACC issued a position statementtoday on direct-to-consumer laboratory testing, which allows people to order medical tests directly from a lab without having to work with their healthcare provider. The statement emphasizes direct-to-consumer test results must be accurate and easily understood-an area where laboratory medicine professionals play a vital role.Laboratory test results are key to patients ...

Posted on: July 27, 2015
OpGen Closes $6 Million Financing With Merck GHI to Expand Infectious Disease Diagnostic Testing Capabilities

OpGen Inc. has announced the closing of a $6 million financing by the Merck Global Health Innovation Fund (Merck GHI). In connection with this financing, David M. Rubin, PhD, managing director of Merck GHI, has been appointed to OpGen's board of directors, effective immediately.Evan Jones, chairman and chief executive officer of OpGen, said, "Merck is a world leader in antibiotics and infectious disease therapeutics and vaccines. With its strong capabilities and global reach, we see opportunities to ...

Posted on: July 27, 2015
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