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22 July 2014  Joanne Hunter
New data using EKF PointMan™ technology suggest the possibility of a simple blood test for cancers
By Joanne Hunter @ 11:17 :: 15 Views

Cardiff, UK – 21st July 2014 – EKF Diagnostics, the global diagnostics company, announces that the latest results from its collaboration with the Institute of Life Sciences at the University of Swansea, UK, have continued to confirm the effectiveness of its PointMan™ DNA enrichment technology for isolating and characterizing low-level DNA mutations in blood. This is significant since with such sensitivity, it paves the way for the possibility of using a simple blood test to screen and diagnose different cancers, as well as monitor the efficacy of anti-cancer therapies.

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16 July 2014  Joanne Hunter
New Iam CMV provides rapid molecular confirmation of congenital CMV infection
By Joanne Hunter @ 10:40 :: 102 Views

DiaSorin strengthens its infectious disease diagnostic portfolio for mothers and babies with the launch of the Iam CMV assay for the molecular detection of cytomegalovirus.

DiaSorin has further expanded its range of infectious disease assays for use on the DiaSorin Liaison® Iam analyser with the launch of a new molecular assay for the rapid and reliable detection of cytomegalovirus (CMV). Intra-uterine transmission of CMV to the foetus during pregnancy is the leading viral cause of congenital infection, affecting around 1% of live births1. The DiaSorin Iam CMV assay detects clinically relevant subtypes of CMV in human amniotic fluid, plasma, urine and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)2, making it a valuable tool for the diagnosis of maternal and foetal CMV infection in early pregnancy and for monitoring CMV infection in affected babies.

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15 July 2014  Joanne Hunter
Battling Antibiotic Resistance New QuickFISH Rapid Pathogen Species Diagnostic Test could help
By Joanne Hunter @ 09:03 :: 111 Views


It was recently announced that the Longitude Prize 2014 will focus on the ability to “create a cost-effective, accurate, rapid and easy-to-use test for bacterial infections” to help combat the scourge of antibiotic resistant microbial infection, putting this critical and growing problem under the spotlight again.
The AdvanDx QuickFISH test, exclusively available in the UK from Alpha Laboratories Ltd. could provide a solution. 

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08 July 2014  Joanne Hunter
New Iam HSV provides rapid molecular confirmation of HSV infection in pregnant women and neonates
By Joanne Hunter @ 14:12 :: 109 Views


DiaSorin has further strengthened its range of infectious disease diagnostic assays for maternal and neonatal health with the launch of Iam HSV for use with the DiaSorin Liaison® Iam analyser.  The launch of this new molecular assay provides rapid and reliable differential detection of herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2 (HSV-1 and HSV-2) in human cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), vesicle swabs, plasma and whole blood.  Together with Iam VZV for the detection of clinically relevant subtypes of Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV), these assays allow the rapid and reliable detection of alphaherpesvirus infections in pregnant women and neonates.

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08 July 2014  Rebecca Bellars
Blood test for Alzheimer’s moves considerably closer
By Rebecca Bellars @ 09:13 :: 115 Views



Proteome Sciences is pleased to announce publication of a study it has co-authored with King’s College London in which a set of 10 proteins in the blood have been identified which can predict the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. The study which analysed over 1,000 individuals is the largest of its kind to date and marks a significant step towards developing a blood test for the disease. 



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08 July 2014  Joanne Hunter
Derby HospitalNHS FoundationTrust Selects Hologic’sThinPrep Technology for Cervical Screening Programme
By Joanne Hunter @ 08:45 :: 132 Views


Five‐year contract makes Royal Derby Hospital largest ThinPrep processing lab in the UK  

BEDFORD, Mass., July 7, 2014 ‐ Hologic, Inc. today announced it entered into a five‐year contract for its ThinPrep Pap tests and processing equipment with Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. With this agreement, Royal Derby Hospital will be the largest ThinPrep processing laboratory in the UK with an estimated 150,000 samples processed annually.  

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08 July 2014  Joanne Hunter
Safe, Low Cost, Easy Transportation of Blood Samples
By Joanne Hunter @ 08:39 :: 106 Views



With strict regulations applying to the transportation of biological samples such as blood, specimens need to be transported in UN3373 compliant packaging.

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08 July 2014  Joanne Hunter
Appointment of Roger McDowell as Non-Executive Director
By Joanne Hunter @ 08:36 :: 104 Views


1st July, 2014 Proteome Sciences is pleased to announce the appointment of Roger Steven McDowell to the Board of the Company as a non-executive Director with immediate effect.

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02 July 2014  Joanne Hunter
State-of-the-art laboratory automation helps to provide superior pathology services in Ipswich
By Joanne Hunter @ 10:43 :: 130 Views


New cobas 8100 automated workflow management solution from Roche ensures rapid, high quality results for prompt clinical decisions and improved patient management

The pathology laboratory at Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust is the first site in the UK to go live with the very latest, high throughput automated workflow solution from Roche, the cobas® 8100.  Providing reliable, fully automated, end-to-end sample processing, this cutting edge technology will allow the clinical biochemistry laboratory to cope with increasing workloads while ensuring rapid and predictable turnaround times and high quality analytical results.

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27 June 2014  Joanne Hunter
New Siemens RAPIDComm Data Management System V5.0 delivers workflow innovation for point of care
By Joanne Hunter @ 08:29 :: 144 Views



Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics has released a major software upgrade for the RAPIDComm Data Management System. Version 5.0 of the informatics solution centrally manages Siemens in vitro diagnostics analysers and operators at the point-of-care (POC). The upgrade encompasses Siemens’ POC Ecosystem™ which aims to improve a POC coordinator’s ability to meet challenges across a number of care components including device management, compliance reporting, remote monitoring and mobile access. 

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