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The US Food and Drug Administration's 510(k) clearance in January of a cystic fibrosis carrier-detection assay on Osmetech's eSensor 4800 DNA Detection platform came six months after the company acquired the technology from Motorola.

The clearance, which Osmetech plans to follow in the second quarter with a launch, also places the company ahead of other array companies whose own assays are currently queuing at the FDA, including Spectral Genomics and PathWork Informatics (see BAN 1/24/2006).

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