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Sales were driven by a strong flu season and growth in Asia-Pacific business.

Using an immunoassay as an initial screening tool saved approximately $36,000 over multiplex PCR panel use alone when performed in a period of high flu prevalence.

Through its large network of ambulatory labs, the university's pathology and lab medicine department is evaluating a BioFire rapid diagnostic test for the flu. 

Qiagen believes the flexibility of the Stat-Dx platform for an evolving reimbursement landscape will set it apart from other similar commercial platforms.

The Inhale project is assessing respiratory disease tests on Oxford Nanopore's MinIon and PCR platforms from Curetis and BioMérieux's BioFire Diagnostics.

BioMérieux said that the FilmArray RP2 reduces sample-to-result time to 45 minutes from about one hour, and provides increased pathogen coverage and sensitivity.

Applied Biocode intends to have panel for identifying 18 gastrointestinal pathogens on the clinical market by the end of the year.

Companies with diverse infectious disease diagnostic technology offerings said that molecular methods are complementary to, not competitive with traditional diagnostics.

The firm's GI panel has also been recently evaluated in pediatric populations, demonstrating a marked increase in overall pathogen detection.

The firm also reported a 46 percent increase in molecular biology sales due to growth in its FilmArray line.

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