June 28, 2007

BioTek Instruments and Immucor Inc have developed an automated benchtop assay instrument for use in the blood transfusion industry.

Manufactured by BioTek exclusively for Immucor, the Galileo Echo provides small- to medium-sized hospital blood bank laboratories with walk-away automation of tests such as ABO grouping and Rh (D) typing, detection/identification of IgG red blood cell antibodies, compatibility testing, and red blood cell phenotyping.

The instrument can provide labs with increases in productivity and patient safety while taking less time than other methods. It was recently cleared by the FDA for marketing in the United States, and also received a CE mark, along with its associated reagents, for distribution in Europe.