RECENT NEWS

Reagent dispenser streamlines nucleic acid purification workflows

INTEGRA Biosciences’ VIAFILL reagent dispenser complements magnetic particle processors such as ThermoFisher’s KingFisher system, streamlining workflows for extraction and purification of nucleic acids.

Modernising the world’s largest human tissue repository

Proscia, a leading provider of digital and computational pathology solutions, has announced that the Joint Pathology Center (JPC), the premiere pathology reference unit for the US government, has selected Proscia’s Concentriq platform.

Microbe 2021: cancellation and commercial support

Disappointingly, but predictably within the current pandemic conditions, the organisers of Microbe have taken the decision to cancel the 2021 event.

New release of GeneSys image capture software

Syngene, a leader in image analysis, has announced that a new release of its GeneSys image capture software is available free of charge to users of Syngene imaging systems.

Digital pathology and diagnostic reporting services: an update

Cyted, a developer and provider of artificial intelligence (AI) technology and digital diagnostic infrastructure to enable earlier detection of disease, has acquired Pathognomics, a provider of digital pathology and clinical diagnostics services.

Chromogenic identification of factor VIII deficiency

For laboratories wishing to quantify factor VIII activity, a ready-to-use chromogenic factor VIII assay is now available from Alpha Laboratories. The CRYOcheck assay is designed for ease of use and to minimise reagent waste.

Calibre Scientific acquires UK-based Lorne Laboratories

Calibre Scientific has acquired UK-based Lorne Laboratories, a specialty manufacturer of blood grouping reagents and diagnostic test kits, and a distributor of related laboratory equipment, enzymes and biochemical.

A new chapter in histopathology automation

Sakura Finetek Europe has launched its latest innovation, Tissue-Tek SmartConnect, which enables fully automated continuous flow by connecting tissue processing and embedding in the histopathology laboratory.

Screening services for human iPSC-derived cells

Axol Bioscience has expanded its service offering with the introduction of multi-electrode array (MEA) screening for human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC)-derived cells.

Compact chilling/heating dry bath for robotic systems

Torrey Pines Scientific has launched its EchoTherm RIC40 Peltier-driven, compact chilling/heating dry baths with temperatures selectable from 0ºC to 100ºC, which are designed for use with robotic systems, controlled via the RS232 I/O port.

Kidney biomarkers: clinical aspects and laboratory determination

Kidney Biomarkers: Clinical Aspects and Laboratory Determination is a new textbook, edited by Seema S Ahuja and Brian Castillo, which covers currently used biomarkers and markers that are in development.

virtual.MEDICA presents specialist topics in laboratory medicine

This year’s virtual.MEDICA presents specialist topics in laboratory medicine and reflects the significance of this sector in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

Non-tuberculous mycobacterial pulmonary disease

The latest data on non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) was presented at this year’s virtual European Respiratory Society Congress, during which some 33,000 delegates logged on to the Congress platform.

DNA and RNA extraction, now with automated option

The QuickGene series of instruments and kits from Alpha Laboratories provides a novel, innovate method for DNA and RNA extraction from a range of sample types, all without the need for centrifugation.

Alan Wainwright, new IFBLS President

Congratulations are due to Alan Wainwright, Executive Head of Education at the Institute of Biomedical Science, who has been elected President of the International Federation of Biomedical Laboratory Science.

Cellular pathology: beyond the next generation

In the June issue, Tony Rhodes looked at where we have come from with respect to molecular techniques in histopathology. Here, he looks forward, in a piece the title of which sounds slightly Trecky! “It’s histology Jim, but not as we know it”.

Support for near-patient testing in treatment-resistant schizophrenia

HORIBA UK, Medical has received recognition for a new partnership with Britannia Pharmaceuticals and Northumberland Tyne & Wear Mental Health Trust (NTW) for community-based near-patient testing for treatment-resistant schizophrenia patients.

High-sensitivity troponin tests for early rule out of NSTEMI

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has published guidance on high-sensitivity troponin tests for early rule out of non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI), recommending assays such as Beckman Coulter’s Access hsTnI.

Pathology contract for Guy's, St Thomas’ and King’s College hospitals

SYNLAB UK & Ireland has announced that it will become Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust’s new pathology partner, transforming services across south-east London over the next 15 years.

Quick and reliable endotoxin and β-glucan testing

Endotoxin testing is a vital assay for all injectable or implantable products. PYROSTAR, now available from Alpha Laboratories, enables in-house endotoxin testing, providing full control over one of the most important aspects of quality control.