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Qiagen partners with DiaSorin, NeuMoDx

November 2018—Qiagen has introduced an automated, CE-marked workflow for its Quanti-Feron-TB Gold Plus Blood Collection Tubes and a novel DiaSorin Liaison Test on DiaSorin’s Liaison systems. The launch offers Liaison customers high-throughput detection with QFT-Plus as part of the system’s broad menu, and QFT-Plus users will gain an option for full automation of laboratory handling to support TB control efforts. Customers using the new latent TB detection workflow for Liaison systems will purchase the detec-tion components from DiaSorin and the blood collection tube kits from Qiagen. The test is available in Europe and other markets, with an expected U.S. release in 2019 and in China in 2020. In a separate release, Qiagen and NeuMoDx Molecular announced a strategic partnership to commercialize two fully integrated systems for automation of PCR test-ing. Under the agreement, Qiagen will initially distribute the NeuMoDx 288 (for high throughput) and NeuMoDx 96 (for mid-throughput) in Europe and other markets outside of the United States; NeuMoDx will cover the U.S.

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Study: Kadcyla improved invasive disease-free survival

November 2018—Roche announced the phase three KATHERINE study met its primary endpoint, showing Kadcyla (trastuzumab emtansine) as a single agent significantly reduced the risk of disease recurrence or death (invasive disease-free survival) compared with trastuzumab as an adjuvant treatment in people with HER2-positive early breast cancer who have residual disease present following neoadjuvant treatment.

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High-speed centrifuge and magnetic stirrer

November 2018—Heathrow Scientific introduced its MagFuge high-speed centrifuge and magnetic stirrer in one unit. The MagFuge features a back-lit digital display and one button programming. Three rotors are included, two for centrifugation (a 12 place for 1.5/2.0 mL tubes and a six place for 5 mL tubes, with adapters for additional tube sizes) and one for stirring that includes two rare earth magnets for high-performance mixing.

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Singulex C. difficile toxin A/B assay

November 2018—Singulex introduced its Singulex Clarity C. diff toxin A/B assay. The assay is a rapid, high-sensitivity, high-precision, one-step solution to C. difficile toxin testing that matches the sensitivity and specificity of cell cytotoxicity neutralization assay, the company reports, “giving it the potential to reduce the false-positives of PCR and the false-negatives of current, less sensitive toxin immunoassays.”

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Manual rotary microtome

November 2018—Sakura Finetek USA launched the Accu-Cut SRM 300 LT manual microtome. New features include a four-color LED backlit 3D precision chuck, which increases the contrast between specimens and paraffin without warming the block. Users can visualize translucent biopsies in the block using one or a combination of the four LED colors.

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