NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Grifols has garnered a CE-IVD mark for ID Core XT, a bead array-based assay for molecular blood group typing, the company said this week.

Barcelona-based Grifols, which sells plasma medicines, diagnostics, and hospital pharmacy products, believes the certification of ID Core XT as an in vitro diagnostic will allow it to reach more European blood donor services and blood transfusion services at a time when they are increasingly adopting new technologies.

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