In its first foray into medical diagnostics, Guava Technologies of Hayward, Calif., announced last week that it has commercially launched its EasyCD4 system for CD4 and CD8 T-cell enumeration in “nations outside the US, Europe, and Japan.”

Guava is expecting the system, which is based on its Personal Cell Analysis flow cytometer, to sharply reduce the cost — as much as 20-fold over existing methods — of T-cell enumeration tests in resource-poor countries.

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