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Pathology AI developer PathAI raises $60M
April 22, 2019 -- Pathology artificial intelligence (AI) software developer PathAI has raised $60 million in a series B funding round.
Journal eyes liquid biopsy's promise with special edition
April 22, 2019 -- Liquid biopsy has the potential to identify diseases such as cancer with more precision than traditional tissue biopsy, but more research is needed to realize the technology's full potential, according to a special issue of Genetic Testing and Molecular Biomarkers.
Cygnus unveils new ELISA kit for gene therapy
April 19, 2019 -- Cygnus Technologies has introduced a new enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) test for use with recombinant vaccines and viral vectors in gene therapy to detect endonuclease impurities.
LabCorp to exchange research units with Envigo
April 19, 2019 -- LabCorp and Envigo have announced a deal in which LabCorp will buy Envigo's nonclinical contract research services business, while Envigo will absorb the U.S. research products business of LabCorp's Covance drug development unit.
Antiopioid law could criminalize sales commissions for clinical lab patient referrals
April 18, 2019 -- A federal law passed to combat the opioid crisis could have unintended consequences by criminalizing sales commissions paid by clinical laboratories to their salaried sales representatives for patient referrals. Under the statute, such payments could be considered kickbacks for referrals.  Discuss
Quest sells STD tests directly to consumers
April 18, 2019 -- Quest Diagnostics has launched new test packages for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) that will be sold directly to consumers as part of its QuestDirect program.
Beckman Coulter gets FDA nod for early sepsis test
April 18, 2019 -- Beckman Coulter has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Early Sepsis Indicator, a hematology-based cellular biomarker designed to assist emergency department physicians with the triage and diagnosis of sepsis.
Hologic's ThinPrep Genesis slide processor gets CE Mark
April 18, 2019 -- Hologic has received the CE Mark for its ThinPrep Genesis processor for cytology slide and molecular test preparation, giving the company the go-ahead to market the system in Europe.
Open-access software takes aim at ELISA test variability
April 18, 2019 -- Researchers from Boston have developed open-source software called ELISAtools that is designed to reduce the variability in enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) tests used for research. They describe their work in an April 17 article in PLOS One.
USPSTF questions blood lead screening in children, pregnant women
April 17, 2019 -- Blood testing for elevated lead levels is accurate, but there is not enough evidence to support the screening of asymptomatic pregnant women or asymptomatic children 5 years of age or younger, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has concluded in a final recommendation statement.  Discuss
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