Luminex is developing a new version of its xTAG PCR chemistry that it believes will improve the ease of use of its technology while maintaining its high-multiplex and high-throughput capabilities.

The Austin, Texas-based company intends to apply the new chemistry to its US Food and Drug Administration-approved Respiratory Viral Panel, with plans to commence clinical trials on the updated assay in 2014 and submit it to the FDA the following year.

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