SPAPLUS Analyzer

For serum/plasma protein analysis

The SPAPLUS™, from The Binding Site, Birmingham, UK, is a fully supported, dedicated, and reliable serum and plasma protein analyzer that complements both the specialist Freelite and IgG subclass assays. It features automated rerun, autodilution, antigen excess check, and Freelite ratio calculation, and includes a bidirectional interface and Windows®-based software. A combination of air mixing, which helps to eliminate sample carryover, dual compartment cuvettes, and the acid/alkali/hot water wash, results in increased precision and assay performance, especially for latex assays. Recent additions to the assay panel include IgA subclasses (IgA1 and IgA2), IgD, and Beta 2 Microglobulin.

The Binding Site
(800) 633-4484

BioPlex 2200 MMRV IgG Kit

Provides four simultaneous results

Bio-Rad Laboratories, Hercules, Calif, has launched its BioPlex® 2200 MMRV IgG kit for use on the company’s BioPlex 2200 system. The MMRV IgG kit (for measles; mumps; rubella; and the varicella-zoster virus, commonly known as chickenpox) provides simultaneous results for the four tests that are commonly ordered together to determine a patient’s susceptibility to MMRV. The kit offers the advantage of multiplexing to deliver test results from a single patient sample.

Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc
(800) 424-6723

Phlebotomy Tote

With lockable tambour door and pull handle

Medicus Health, Grand Rapids, Mich, launches its new wheeled phlebotomy tote with lockable tambour door and pull handle, providing secure, mobile storage for phlebotomy supplies. The tote has a white sturdy plastic case with lockable tambour door and three pullout trays with room for storing tourniquets, bandages, tubes, and wipes. The smooth pull handle extends up 3 feet from the ground, allowing for easier mobility. The tote comes complete with three 14- x 7.5- x 3-inch white pullout trays, two large bin cups, and four small bin cups. An optional shoulder strap is also available.

Medicus Health
(877) 514-1140

BinaxNOW PBP2a Test

Detects penicillin-binding protein 2a (PBP2a) found in MRSA

AdvanDx, Wobum, Mass, will offer the BinaxNOW® PBP2a test from Inverness Medical Innovations Inc, Waltham, Mass, to customers in the United States. The test provides rapid detection of the penicillin-binding protein 2a (PBP2a) present in methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) directly from S. aureus positive blood cultures. By combining rapid and accurate S. aureus identification from PNA FISH and reflexing to PBP2a detection in MRSA using BinaxNOW PBP2a, the test enables laboratories to provide results 24 hours sooner than with conventional methods. In clinical studies, the test demonstrated 97.1% positive agreement and 100% negative agreement with conventional methods for detecting MRSA.

(781) 376-0009

Myla Middleware Solution

Consolidates and manages microbiology data

bioMérieux, Marcy l’Etoile, France, launches a limited release of Myla™, a new middleware solution to improve connectivity, laboratory workflow, and information management, which is part of the company’s FMLA™ solutions and services. Myla is an intelligent browser-based application that consolidates and manages microbiology data generated from a variety of sources and converts it into actionable information for treatment decisions. The solution features a dashboard-based user interface that provides full control of lab workflow. The full launch will take place the fourth quarter of 2010.

+33 0478872000