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SpeeDx receives CE-IVD mark for multiplex PlexPCR® VHS test for VZV, herpes and syphilis

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA–(October 25, 2017). SpeeDx Pty. Ltd. has announced that it has received CE-IVD marking for its PlexPCR® VHS multiplex qPCR test. The test offers a single-well solution to cover the detection and differentiation of the main causes of genital and oral lesions: herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2 (HSV-1, HSV-2), Treponema pallidum (syphilis), and varicella zoster virus (VZV). Validated for use on multiple lesion specimen types, the test is designed to streamline workflows and support rapid, appropriate clinical management of infections with similar symptoms.

New Advanced Pipetting Academy Makes You a Pipetting Master

For many years Alpha Laboratories and Sartorius have delivered a popular training programme covering correct pipetting techniques, the ergonomic use of pipettes, plus basic service and maintenance of pipettes in everyday laboratory use. User feedback has now led to the development of the Advanced Pipetting Academy™ to address the unique requirements of individual laboratories.

Abingdon Health Ltd (“Abingdon”) has announced its entry in the UK Parliamentary Review 2017 (“The Review”) has now been published.

While focusing on 12 key government policy areas, the Review, which is distributed to Policymakers in the UK and abroad, allows leading organisations and executives to share personal insight as well as discuss good practice alongside Cabinet and senior ministers.

BBI Solutions adds more antibodies to product range

BBI Solutions has continued to invest in its portfolio of antibodies and today announced the launch of 10 infectious disease markers, 3 inflammatory markers, 2 fertility markers and an additional cardiac marker. All the antibodies have been tested in either lateral flow or ELISA and are available for sampling today.

Strategic Partnership for New Bladder Cancer Diagnostic Test in the UK

Alpha Laboratories Ltd. (Eastleigh, UK) is delighted to have been appointed as the exclusive distributor for Arquer Diagnostics Ltd (“Arquer”) in the UK and Republic of Ireland. Arquer (Sunderland, UK) is an in-vitro diagnostic company developing breakthrough diagnostic tests for the detection of bladder and prostate cancer. Its non-invasive cancer diagnostic tests are based on the MCM5 (minichromosome maintenance protein) platform. The first Arquer product is ADXBLADDER, a bladder cancer diagnostic test, and a number of clinical trials are running to validate many other indications. 

New Partnership for Biological Sample Transport Solutions

Specialist Laboratory and Diagnostics supply company Alpha Laboratories Ltd. (Eastleigh, UK) is delighted to announce that it has been appointed the exclusive UK distributor for MedDX Solutions Ltd. (Hereford, UK). This partnership will further strengthen the range of solutions provided for biological sample collection and transportation, which ensure compliance with UN3373 and P650 packaging regulations. 

SpeeDx and Diagen sign new distribution agreement for Scandinavia

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – (Sept 19, 2017). SpeeDx Pty, Ltd. has announced a distribution agreement with Diagen, a leading Scandinavian clinical laboratory supplier specialising in diagnostic products. This agreement will open important sales channels in Sweden, Norway and Denmark for SpeeDx’s PlexPCR® and unique, multiplexed ResistancePlus® real-time polymerase chain reaction product lines.


30 percent growth and innovation products wins Manchester company BVCA award 

Having the right technology at the right time has made Elucigene Diagnostics a world leading developer and distributor of prenatal, rare disease and infertility genetics diagnostics. The Manchester-based company has been selected as the winner of the Venture-backed Management Team 2017 award for the Northwest in the prestigious British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (BVCA) awards. Over the last two years it has seen 30 per cent year on year growth, and 85 percent of its revenue is coming from a growing international customer-base.

New Blood Collection Tubes Stabilise Nucleated Blood Cells

The new Streck Cell-Free DNA BCT® CE blood collection tubes, now available in the UK from Alpha Laboratories, contain a preservative that stabilises nucleated blood cells. This unique stabilisation prevents the release of genomic DNA (gDNA), allowing isolation of high-quality cell-free DNA (cfDNA) samples.

Protect Your Samples from Acidification When Shipped On Dry Ice

The new ProtectR® tubes, now available from Alpha Laboratories, have the only container closure system engineered to be CO2 resistant. This prevents costly damage to molecular and cellular solutions when shipping or storing samples on dry ice. Standard centrifuge tubes do not provide a reliable barrier against CO2 and even during short term dry ice storage can result in acidification of samples, with a decrease in pH by as much as 2.5 pH units. This acidification can affect the integrity and reproducibility of samples, and may result in a loss of protein activity.

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