Accelerate Diagnostics

Clinicians identifying and treating S. aureus bloodstream infections reduced the median length of stay by 5.6 days and hospital cost by $13,341 per patient after using Luminex's assay.

The firm will encounter stiff competition, particularly from BioMérieux and Luminex, but there are untapped opportunities for adoption, according to industry analysts.

The test is based on a biomarker signature that consists of a core set of 31 genes associated with endotoxin tolerance in sepsis patients.

Despite the array of tests available, some lab directors are still seeking broader functionalities and capabilities from the systems they purchase.  

The company's test kit can ID pathogenic organisms and provide a measure of antibiotic susceptibility directly from positive blood culture samples.

The company's test kit provides identification and antimicrobial susceptibility testing of pathogens for patients suspected of bacteremia or fungemia.

The US District Court for the District of Arizona has granted Accelerate Dx's motion to dismiss a class-action lawsuit filed against it last year.

The firm's revenues nominally increased due to licensing agreements, while expenses also increased as the company ramps up its R&D efforts.

The regulatory activity for the diagnostic platform follows ISO 13485:2003 certification in March. The firm is also planning a 510(k) submission to the FDA.

The company's net loss grew on higher expenses, while it said in its Form 10-Q that it plans to initiate a clinical trial for its microbiology diagnostic platform in H1 2015.

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Customers might want to consider what they might learn about their risk of diseases like Alzheimer's before snagging the genetic testing kits that are on many gift guides this year, NJ.com writes.

The Wall Street Journal reports there is uncertainty surrounding whether He Jiankui's embryo editing did what he said it did.

Stat News reports that the pause on procuring fetal tissue for intramural US National Institutes of Health research will soon affect additional labs there.

In Nature this week: genomic analysis of the invasive fall webworm, amp of constrained coding regions within the human genome, and more.