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USPSTF: Evidence weak for screening men for chlamydia, gonorrhea
September 16, 2021 -- Screening for chlamydia and gonorrhea should be performed in certain higher-risk groups of women, according to a September 14 recommendation from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). But the evidence is inconclusive to justify screening for men, the group wrote. Read More
Konica Minolta Precision Medicine now called Realm IDx
September 15, 2021 -- Konica Minolta Precision Medicine has changed its name to Realm IDx to reflect the company's new focus on integrated diagnostics, including the use of genomics, radiology, and pathology, to predict, diagnose, and treat disease. Read More
Ginkgo Bioworks will go public in SPAC deal worth over $1.6B
September 14, 2021 -- Cell programming company Ginkgo Bioworks will go public after it finalizes a $1.6 billion deal with Soaring Eagle Acquisition, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC). Read More
FDA grants EUA for Visby Medical's COVID-19 test
September 13, 2021 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted an emergency use authorization (EUA) for Visby Medical's COVID-19 reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction test for pooled samples. Read More
Sysmex America announces CEO's retirement
September 13, 2021 -- Sysmex America announced that Ralph Taylor, the company's CEO, will retire as of September 30. Taylor will be succeeded by Andy Hay, currently chief operating officer of the company. Read More
COVID-19 nasal swab causes leak in brain fluid
September 10, 2021 -- Clinicians treated a patient for a cerebrospinal fluid leak after a COVID-19 test with a nasal swab led to an injury at the base of his skull. Details of the case were published on September 9 in JAMA Otolaryngology -- Head & Neck Surgery. Read More
BizVibe adds to diagnostic lab industry profiles
September 10, 2021 -- BizVibe has added challenges and trends for industry profiles on its platform for medical and diagnostic laboratories. Read More
Siemens partners with A1 on COVID variant tracking
September 10, 2021 -- Siemens Healthineers announced that it is collaborating with A1 Life Sciences to support global efforts to track variants of SARS-CoV-2. Read More
Serosep secures contract with Liverpool University Hospital
September 10, 2021 -- Serosep has secured a five-year contract with Liverpool University Hospital to supply the company's molecular diagnostic solution, EntericBio, used to diagnose gastroenteritis. Read More
Co-Diagnostics touts COVID-19 test kit results
September 9, 2021 -- Molecular diagnostics company Co-Diagnostics announced that its SARS-CoV-2 saliva test achieved "complete concordance" with commercially available polymerase chain reaction reagents for detecting SARS-CoV-2 in community waste in an Italian field study. Read More
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