Smartphone-based LAMP assay can detect COVID, flu
January 28, 2022 -- A low-cost way to diagnose COVID-19 and the flu may be in the hands of patients soon. Researchers have developed a smartphone-based loop-mediated isothermal amplification -- or Smart LAMP -- assay, paving the way for accessible infectious disease testing at the point of care, according to research published on January 28 in JAMA Network Open. Read More
The omicron variant is deepening severe staffing shortages in medical laboratories across the U.S.
January 28, 2022 -- Medical laboratory professionals form the backbone of health care and the public health system. They conduct some 13 billion laboratory medicine tests annually in the U.S. As of January 2022, these individuals had also performed more than 860 million COVID-19 tests and counting during the pandemic. Read More
Long COVID can be predicted early in patient diagnosis
January 27, 2022 -- Researchers have started to piece together the science behind why some patients develop long COVID and others do not by identifying several factors that can be measured at a patient's initial COVID-19 diagnosis, according to research published online in the journal Cell on January 25. Read More
'Lab in a backpack' promises low-cost, accessible COVID testing
January 26, 2022 -- A new proof-of-concept study tested a $51 "lab in a backpack" that promises to bring accessible, low-cost COVID-19 testing to anywhere in the world, according to research published on January 26 in PLOS One. The researchers hope that their model can be used to develop commercial tests for less than $15. Read More
MaximBio gets EUA for ClearDetect COVID-19 home test
January 26, 2022 -- Maxim Biomedical has received emergency use authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for a new COVID-19 antigen home test called ClearDetect. Read More
Abbott's diagnostic sales climb due to COVID testing
January 26, 2022 -- Abbott reported that diagnostic sales rose for the fourth quarter of 2021, a trend driven mostly by the purchase of COVID-19 tests. The company also posted strong full-year growth compared to 2020. Read More
How to apply for the AACC's Disruptive Technology Award
January 25, 2022 -- The February 7 deadline to apply for the American Association for Clinical Chemistry's (AACC) Disruptive Technology Award is drawing close. The award can give a major boost to startup companies developing new diagnostics technologies. Read More
SQI, Owlstone partner on breath-based biomarkers for lung tests
January 25, 2022 -- SQI Diagnostics recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Owlstone Medical to work on developments related to breath-based biomarkers for invasive aspergillus lung infection and lung transplant rejection. Read More
Mammoth gets EUA for CRISPR-based SARS-CoV-2 assay
January 24, 2022 -- Mammoth Biosciences has secured an emergency use authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its CRISPR-based SARS-CoV-2 test kit. The high-throughput test is the first of its kind, Mammoth Biosciences said. Read More
Applied DNA requests EUA from FDA for COVID assay, sample kits
January 21, 2022 -- Applied DNA Clinical Labs, an Applied DNA Sciences' clinical laboratory subsidiary, has requested emergency use authorizations (EUAs) for two products from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Read More
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