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Beckman Coulter releases software for clinical labs

December 2018—Beckman Coulter launched Kaluza C Flow Cytometry Analysis Software, which aims to streamline clinical QC reporting and address standardization issues in flow cytometry. Kaluza C improves the visualization and analysis of rare events. It makes it possible to process large, multicolor files with up to 20 million events and set the plot resolution according to the gate level. The software enables the operator to focus on a limited number of events to preserve the integrity of the scatterplot.

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FDA grants EUA for Chembio Ebola test

December 2018—Chembio Diagnostics announced FDA emergency use authorization for its DPP Ebola Antigen System for use with human capillary fingerstick whole blood, EDTA venous whole blood, and EDTA plasma. The test detects viral antigens and provides qualitative results in 15 to 20 minutes when used with the handheld, battery-operated DPP Micro Reader.

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BD launches TB test in Europe

December 2018—BD announced the availability of the CE-marked BD Max MDR-TB panel in Europe. Clinicians can use the single PCR-based molecular diagnostic test to simultaneously detect bacteria that cause tuberculosis and determine if the bacteria contain mutations associated with resistance to two first-line drugs, isoniazid and rifampicin.

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Body fluids kit

December 2018—LGC Maine Standards has released its Validate Body Fluids kit, 205bf. The kit, in a simulated body fluid matrix, will assist in the documentation of linearity, calibration verification, and verification of the reportable range for albumin, amylase, cholesterol, creatinine, glucose, lactate, lactate dehydrogenase, total protein 2, triglycerides, and urea nitrogen.

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