Configurable Laboratory Casework Platform
Minimize laboratory downtime
The Panorama laboratory casework platform from Hamilton Scientific, De Pere, Wis, offers configurable, flexible solutions for facilities’ varying requirements, reducing reconstruction costs and minimizing laboratory downtime. Available in wall, peninsula, island, and table selections, the platform includes options for inset and overlay drawer and door combinations, wood or steel fronts, and fixed, suspended, or mobile configurations. The platform is field-convertible, allowing for external changes in color or materials, as well as internal reconfigurations of drawers, doors, and shelves. Modifications may be performed with simple hand tools and do not require removal of the base casework.
(920) 793-1121; www.hamiltonscientific.com
Laboratory Information System Reporting Tool
Expedites approval of graphic and text-only reports
The NovoPath anatomic pathology laboratory information system (APLIS) from NovoPath Inc, Princeton, NJ, now includes a new ExpressReports feature designed to improve workflow efficiency by reducing the amount of time required to open a pathology report containing graphic content. According to the company, ExpressReports improves report generation by as much as 90% compared to similar systems. NovoPath APLIS also includes time-saving reporting features such as one-click preview, which enables quick verification of text-only patient reports. Documents typically display in less than 1 second, and pathologists can sign out cases in preview mode without waiting for full formatting to occur. Users can also directly edit and authorize changes to reports in either the preview or full-format mode, and can sign out reports with a single click.
(732) 329-3209; www.NovoPath.com
Weather- and dust-resistant
The 7-inch ToughPad FZ-M1 Windows tablet from Panasonic, Newark, NJ, is built to enable mobile productivity. Thin and light, the device is powered by Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit and comes with a choice of two Intel processors. The ToughPad is engineered to meet MIL-STD-810G specifications, to be weather- and dust-resistant, and to withstand a 5-foot drop. The system includes a long life, user-replaceable battery, and a daylight-readable, high-sensitivity multi-touch screen for use with heavy gloves. A USB 3.0 port and MicroSDXC card slot are available for maximum connectivity, and are configurable with barcode, MSR, SmartCard, Serial, and LAN. A bridge battery enables hot-swap battery replacement for continuous use.
(877) 655-2357; www.panasonic.com
Walk-In Fume Hood
Expanded working dimensions
The UniMax series of floor-mounted, walk-in fume hoods from Hemco Corp, Independence, Mo, has been expanded to include models that feature greater interior working dimensions. Standard models range from 6 to 24 feet wide, 7 to 16 feet high, and 4 to 8 feet deep. Designed to accommodate tall apparatus, distillation processes, roll-in reactors, or long integrated instrumentation systems, UniMax hoods are constructed of chemical-resistant, nonconductive modular panels featuring composite resin surface material. This modular design facilitates on-site assembly, as well as the ability to disassemble, move, and reassemble the unit at a later date. Hoods are also available in custom sizes and designs built to exact specifications.
(800) 779-4362; www.hemcocorp.com
Programmable HPLC Column Chiller and Heater
Repeat programs up to 99 times
The EchoTherm CO50 programmable HPLC column chiller/heater from Torrey Pines Scientific, Carlsbad, Calif, has a temperature range from 4°C to 100°C and is readable and settable to 0.1°C. PID control software regulates temperatures to ±0.2°C, regardless of changes in room temperature. A built-in stable temperature light illuminates once the determined temperature is reached and stable. The Peltier-based CO50 stores five programs of up to 10 steps each and can repeat programs automatically up to 99 times. A built-in column injection counter tracks up to 1,000 injections. The chamber size is 1½ inches wide, 15 inches long, and 1½ inches deep. Clamps can hold columns ¼ inches or 3/8 inches in diameter and up to 30 cm long, with room for fittings. The CO50 features a RS232 I/O port for controlling the unit by a chromatograph, for programming gradients, and for data collection.
Torrey Pines Scientific
(866) 573-9104; www.torreypinesscientific.com
Accommodates user-defined weighing units
The Alliance/Ohaus Adventurer Pro precision balance from Alliance Scale, Canton, Mass, is designed for applications requiring counting, summing, holding, and fully traceable results. Featuring a four-button keypad with dedicated yes, no, back, and exit functions to simplify menu navigation and setup, the balance has an integral weigh-below hook for density determination and calculating specific gravity. It also includes a bright, backlit two-line alphanumeric LCD and accommodates multiple weighing units, including a user-defined custom unit for proprietary applications. Equipped with a stainless steel platform and a removable wind ring, the Adventurer Pro includes an AC adapter and runs on four AA batteries. Supplied with a standard RS232 interface, it is available with a second RS232 or USB interface as a factory-installed option. Internal calibration capacities range from 210 to 8100 g.
(781) 836-8816; www.alliancescale.com
Dengue Early Infection Panel
Positive for Dengue RNA, NS1 antigen, and IgM and IgG antibodies
The new Dengue Early Infection AccuSet Performance Panel from SeraCare Life Sciences, Millford, Mass, is a six-member panel of undiluted, naturally occurring plasma samples. Panel members represent serial bleeds collected over the course of 14 days from a single individual during the development of a Dengue infection and subsequent response. Test results from commercially available Dengue assays are included for characterization of the panel members. This panel of human plasma samples is positive for Dengue RNA, NS1 antigen, and IgM and IgG antibodies. For research use only.
SeraCare Life Sciences
(508) 244-6400; www.seracare.com
Calibration Verification and Linearity Test Kit
Human-serum base matrix
The Validate Ferritin calibration verification and linearity test kit from Maine Standards Company, Cumberland Foreside, Me, has received 510(k) clearance. Each liquid, ready-to-use kit contains Ferritin in a human-serum base matrix and includes five levels prepared using the CLSI-recommended “equal delta” method for linearity testing. Users can add the product from the dropper bottle directly into a sample cup and run as a patient sample in duplicate or triplicate. According to the company, clearance of this product allows clinical laboratories to complete their required Ferritin calibration verification and linearity testing, and to maximize the reportable range while minimizing manual dilutions.
Maine Standards Company
(800) 377-9684; www.mainestandards.com
Cleared for cervical cancer primary screening
The Cobas HPV test from Roche Molecular Diagnostics, Pleasanton, Calif, has received FDA clearance for use as a first-line primary screening test for cervical cancer in women 25 and older. The qualitative multiplex assay detects 14 high-risk HPV types while providing specific genotyping information for HPV types 16 and 18, the types responsible for about 70% of cervical cancer. The test is automated for the Cobas 4800 system, which provides walk-away automation of nucleic acid purification, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) setup, and real-time PCR amplification and detection to facilitate laboratory efficiency. The automated result algorithm provides clear positive, negative, or invalid results.
Roche Molecular Diagnostics
(925) 730-8000; www.molecular.roche.com
Cancer Gene Panels
Compatible with any NGS sequencer
Qiagen, Valencia, Calif, has introduced 14 new GeneRead DNAseq V2 gene panels targeting an extensive range of cancer-related genes or gene regions. Gene panels are an integral part of many next-generation sequencing (NGS) workflows and are used to enrich genes of interest in a sample prior to sequencing runs. The GeneRead panels are customizable to include other genes or gene regions of clinical or biological interest, and are compatible with any NGS sequencer. The panels include “focused” panels each targeting eight to 25 genes, “disease-specific” panels for 40 to 50 genes, and “comprehensive” panels for up to 160 genes. They are integrated with Qiagen’s Ingenuity Variant Analysis bioinformatics software, a curated database of gene variants and clinical data that enables interpretation of NGS results and sequencing data. Laboratories can customize GeneRead panels for specific disease pathways or research needs via GeneGlobe, an online portal of more than 60,000 annotated molecular assays.
(800) 718-2056; www.qiagen.com