Tag: pcr test

Leveraging Testing Technology To Identify MRSA, C. Difficile

CEO SUMMARY: Probably the most challenging infections for hospitals to control and reduce are methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Clostridium difficile (C. diff). The laboratory at one New York hospital introduced algorithms to screen for the presence of each infection. In the past five years, the hospital not only cut costs by almost $3 million

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“Liked the Product–Bought the Company,” BD Acquires HandyLab and Jaguar System

IT WAS 1979 WHEN VICTOR KIAM jump-started sales of Remington electric razors with his classic, witty ad campaign, “I liked the product so much, I bought the company!” Now the same thing is happening with a benchtop-sized automated system for molecular PCR testing.

In this case, it is Becton Dickenson and Company (BD) which liked HandyLab,

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GSK and Abbott Team up For Companion Diagnostic

CEO SUMMARY: Although GlaxoSmithKline PLC is several years away from having a deliverable product from its Antigen Specific Cancer Immunoassay (ASCI) Program, it has a development deal with Abbott Laboratories to produce a companion diagnostic test for ASCI-based products. The interesting twist in this arrangement is that the resulting companion diagnostic assay will be designed

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Newspaper Reports Miss on Molecular Technology

CEO SUMMARY: In reporting on a suspected outbreak of whooping cough (Bordetella pertussis), a national newspaper suggested administrators at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center had placed too much faith in molecular testing. In this exclusive interview, Dartmouth’s Director of Molecular Pathology comments on how the media misunderstood the story, and why molecular testing remains the preferred

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Focus Technologies Offers SARS Test to Clinicians

EARLIER THIS MONTH, Focus Technologies reference laboratories of Cypress, California announced the development of a “first-generation, real-time PCR test” designed to detect the presence of the coronavirus associated with severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).

“Focus developed this test based on the methodology developed by the Bernhard-Nocht Institute of Hamburg, Germany,” stated Mary Kay Mosch, Vice President of

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