CMS delays data reporting for labs
January 17, 2020 -- As expected, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has delayed the timeline for labs to report data on tests by one year -- from the first quarter of 2020 to the first quarter of 2021.
CompuGroup revamps lab software
January 17, 2020 -- Electronic health solutions company CompuGroup Medical has released updates to its Labdaq laboratory information system and Labnexus cloud-based web portal, with changes reflecting feedback from customers.
CDC takes action amid novel coronavirus outbreak in China
January 17, 2020 -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring the new coronavirus outbreak in the large Central China city of Wuhan and is screening at-risk air travelers in three U.S. cities as a preventive measure.
Key CRISPR patent revoked in Europe
January 17, 2020 -- An important patent on CRISPR technology held by the Broad Institute has been revoked by the European Patent Office.  Discuss
Oxford Gene Technology launches CLL sequencing test
January 17, 2020 -- Oxford Gene Technology announced the launch of the SureSeq chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and copy number variation next-generation sequencing test.
Sphingotec launches penKid kidney function blood test
January 16, 2020 -- German IVD developer Sphingotec is making its penKid point-of-care biomarker blood test for evaluating kidney function available at the end of this month in countries that recognize the CE Mark.
Siemens expands opioid testing menu with fentanyl assay
January 16, 2020 -- Siemens Healthineers has incorporated the ARK fentanyl assay into its clinical chemistry analyzers to facilitate the detection of fentanyl during opioid testing.
Roche launches adenovirus PCR test in Europe
January 15, 2020 -- Roche has launched a real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) screening test for transplant patients at risk of adenovirus infection in countries that accept the CE Mark. It is designed for use with other infectious disease tests on the company's 6800 and 8800 cobas systems.
LabCorp adopts Thermo Fisher NGS for companion diagnostics
January 14, 2020 -- LabCorp announced that it will adopt Thermo Fisher Scientific's Ion Torrent Genexus next-generation sequencing (NGS) system and Oncomine precision assay for use in research and development of companion diagnostics and precision medicine applications.
Bio-Rad taps new head of clinical diagnostics
January 14, 2020 -- Bio-Rad Laboratories has tapped diagnostics industry veteran Dara Grantham Wright as president of its Clinical Diagnostics Group, replacing John Hertia, who has retired.