Xpert Flu A Panel Test IDs H1N1 in less than 1 hour
The FDA has granted Emergency Use Authorization to Cepheid, Sunnyvale, Calif, for its Xpert® Flu A Panel test. The test, which runs on the company’s GeneXpert® System, identifies the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus in less than 1 hour. The FDA has authorized Cepheid’s Xpert Flu A Panel to be used in laboratories certified under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) to perform moderate complexity (not waived) testing, enabling the test to be performed in hospital near-patient settings. The test combines rapid testing with PCR technology.
Undercounter Freezers Freestanding or stackable
HELMER, Noblesville, Ind, launches new i.Series® and Horizon Series™ undercounter freezers featuring programmable defrost times and a bacteria-resistant powder coating. The freezers can be placed under the counter, or used freestanding or stacked. i.Series models include the i.Center® monitoring system; Horizon series models include a basic alarm package built into the door. The freezers’ Sure-Seal self-closing door has a magnetic closure to eliminate broken door latches, field reversibility, and a key lock. The unit has an interior volume of 5 cubic feet with a standard configuration of two shelves (laboratory/pharmacy) or two drawers (blood bank). Additional options include swivel casters, roll-out baskets, and a stainless steel interior/exterior. Laboratory/pharmacy and plasma models are available.
Enigma ML rtPCR-based mini-laboratory instrument
Enigma Diagnostics, Porton Down, UK, introduces its fully automated point-of-care mini-laboratory instrument, the Enigma ML, which integrates a range of proprietary miniaturized technologies, including the rapid real-time PCR thermocycler and fully automated sample-preparation capability. The miniaturized technology provides the paradigm shift necessary to deliver fast, accurate multisample instrument systems for any clinical or applied market testing. The ML will be commercially launched in early Q3 2010 for influenza testing following clinical trials. Further tests will follow in 2010 and 2011.
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Capit-All IS Automated Capper/Decapper Decaps racks in less than 10 seconds
Thermo Fisher Scientific, Waltham, Mass, jointly introduces the new Capit-All™ IS Automated Capper/Decapper with The Automation Partnership. The instrument can decap or recap an entire rack of samples in less than 10 seconds. Secure capping is ensured as each tube is individually sealed by its own separate clutch mechanism to the optimal torque, while all 96 caps are secured simultaneously for fast, quality capping. The incorporation of an automated drip tray and a vacuum extraction port reduce any risk of contamination. The compact, benchtop Capit-All IS Automated Capper/Decapper can easily integrate with automated liquid handling instrumentation. Simple in design, the instrument requires no upfront training.
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Axio Imager Microscope System Partly and fully motorized versions available
Carl Zeiss, Thornwood, NY, introduces the second generation of the Axio Imager microscope system. The system provides clear operation and open interfaces for communication with other systems and networks, as well as system upgradeability. Its optical system provides maximum information about the sample in all contrasting techniques, such as brightfield, darkfield, or C-DIC. Four versions are available from encoded and partly motorized to fully motorized, which help meet demands for materials analysis, materials development, and quality inspection. The M2m and Z2m versions feature motorized reflected-light beam paths and motorized focus. The high-performance focus of the Z2m model ensures consistent precision at a step resolution of 10 nanometers even in continuous operation under large loads.
Carl Zeiss Inc