Research & Development
Laser light method identifies bacteria in fluids
An innovative way of shining a laser on a minute drop of blood, mucus, or wastewater enables the reflected light to identify the bacteria within.
March 3, 2023
Tulsa ER & Hospital adopts MeMed host-response test to quickly distinguish between bacterial and viral infections
Israel-based MeMed said it leverages machine learning to translate the complex signaling of the immune system into diagnostic insights.
December 22, 2022
Guidance for antibiotics, diagnostics use in an epidemic
In a statement published Wednesday in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, SHEA provided strategies for hospitals and healthcare personnel to improve antibiotic prescribing when they encounter new infectious disease outbreaks.
September 14, 2022
DiaSorin nabs FDA clearance for infectious disease blood test
The fully automated test utilizes host response-based data to enable physicians to differentiate accurately between bacterial and viral infections, supporting faster and better-informed treatment and patient management decisions, DiaSorin said.
July 21, 2022
Inflammatix lands $12.1M in new BARDA deal
The company's third tranche of funding from BARDA is part of a contract worth up to $72 million if all options are exercised. Inflammatix said it would use the funds for ongoing development and clinical studies of its ViraBac EZ acute infection test, which determines whether a suspected infection is bacterial or viral based on gene expression patterns in the immune system.
November 18, 2021
Lumos touts cost savings for point-of-care infection test
FebriDx is a finger-stick blood test that distinguishes bacterial from viral acute respiratory infections. The study, published September 30 in the Journal of Health Economics and Outcomes Research, found that FebriDx had a sensitivity of 95% to detect bacterial infections and a negative predictive value of 99% to rule out these infections.
October 6, 2021
Quest launches long-COVID testing panels for consumers
SARS-CoV-2 infection weakens immune-cell response to vaccination, study suggests
Duke University researchers discover biomarkers may identify early pancreatic cancer risk
FDA grants 510(k) clearance to DiaSorin for COVID-19 and flu A/B assay
LumiraDx Q4 revenues drop 65% on lower COVID-19 testing
Point-of-care test developer Proxim Diagnostics obtains strategic investment from BioMérieux
Inflammatix secures $102M in financing
Inflammatix's diagnostics use machine-learning algorithms to track a patient's immune response to infections across multiple messenger RNA (mRNA) biomarkers, it said. The tests identify whether an infection is viral or bacterial and help clinicians gauge the risk of severe disease, including COVID-19, producing results in less than 30 minutes, according to the firm.
March 15, 2021
Test identifies any infection from any sample in hours
Scientists from the University of California, San Francisco developed the test, which requires no special handling or processing for each specific bodily fluid and uses next-generation DNA sequencing technology. It accounts for all DNA in a single sample. The test uses a new analytical software application to compare DNA sequences in the sample to genomic databases that cover all bacterial, viral, parasitic, or fungal infections from any species.
November 10, 2020
Inflammatix secures $7.4M in BARDA funding
The funding will allow the company to further develop its point-of-care test for diagnosing infection and is part of a larger BARDA contract worth up to $72 million if milestones are met, the company said.
October 28, 2020
Tangen wins contract for Candida auris point-of-care test
The C. auris test will run on the company's TangenDx platform, which includes an assay kit and the company's GeneSpark analyzer. Tangen currently markets rapid tests for bloodstream Candida infections, bacterial infections, and antimicrobial resistance. It plans to file an emergency use authorization for a point-of-care COVID-19 test with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration this summer.
June 28, 2020
Procalcitonin test signals infection in heart attack patients
As an important marker for inflammation in the body, a blood test for PCT is useful for systemic bacterial infections and sepsis. But its value for detecting infection in patients with acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) -- an area of unmet need -- has been unclear. One key question is whether it is specific enough for infection, or whether levels would increase due to cardiac injury -- a limitation of other inflammatory biomarkers such as C-reactive protein (CRP) and white blood cell counts.
June 15, 2020
Lumos gets cash to expand reach of respiratory test
Lumos is a Planet Innovation spin-off that merged with RPS Diagnostics in May 2019. The company plans to use the funding to support international market expansion of its FebriDx point-of-care (POC) respiratory infection test, as well as a pivotal trial to support approval of the product by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
February 5, 2020
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