NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — IMDx said today that its IMDx VanR assay for the Abbott m2000 platform has received regulatory clearance from Health Canada and Singapore's Health Sciences Authority, allowing the test to be sold and distributed in those countries.

The assay detects the presence of vanA and vanB genes that can be associated with vancomycin-resistant enterococci. It is intended to be used as an aid to identify, prevent, and control vancomycin-resistant colonization in healthcare settings.

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