BioHelix

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) — Quidel said after the close of the market Tuesday that second quarter revenues rose 6 percent to $31.5 million compared to $29.7 million in the second quarter of 2013.

Packaging isothermal PCR reagents in blisters and using lateral flow detection, researchers at Boston University hope to develop a low-cost, disposable assay for Bordetella pertussis, the causative agent of whooping cough.

Quidel disclosed yesterday that it has acquired AnDiaTec, a German molecular diagnostics company, for approximately $2.6 million upfront and a three-year, $4.7 million R&D earn-out.

With its acquisition this week of privately held molecular diagnostic developer BioHelix, clinical diagnostics firm Quidel adds to its portfolio of technologies to enable its burgeoning molecular diagnostics business.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Clinical diagnostics firm Quidel said today that it has acquired BioHelix.

BioHelix is developing a low-cost, handheld, real-time fluorescence detection system capable of running assays based on the company's isothermal helicase-dependent amplification technology, the company disclosed this week.

Scientists from Great Basin Scientific and three university medical schools and hospitals have published research demonstrating that Great Basin's molecular diagnostic test for Clostridium difficile is as sensitive and specific as a competing molecular test based on real

This article has been corrected from a previous version that stated that Axxin disclosed in January that it is developing the NAT analyzer and iNAT platforms. In fact, Alere disclosed that it is developing these platforms.

This article has been updated from a previous version to clarify that Wave 80 is evaluating the SPE technology but has not licensed it.
By Ben Butkus

Quidel said this week that it has received the CE mark for its AmpliVue C. difficile assay, making it the first commercially available test using Quidel's non-instrumented format.

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Consulting company McKinsey says diagnostics companies will have to combine genomic data analysis, electronic medical records, effective reimbursement strategies, and regulatory compliance in order to win.

A new report has found that researchers in Africa are still heavily dependent on funding from organizations in the US, Europe, and China, Nature News says.

An article in The Atlantic argues that the progress being made in science isn't keeping pace with the money and time being spent on research.

In Science this week: a CRISPR screen identifies sideroflexin 1 as a requisite component of one-carbon metabolism, and more.