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The firm said its assay is a real-time qPCR test for the direct detection of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus DNA in nasal swabs.

The firm has three clinical trials in progress to validate the clinical utility of products it soon intends to submit for regulatory clearances to the FDA.

The firm said that it placed about 50 sample-to-answer molecular systems under contract during Q1, and it had about 625 active sample-to-answer product customers.

Luminex has since fixed the problem with a software update but a similar issue with non-specific amplification has also affected two targets on BioFire's GI panel. 

Natera and Veracyte both received positive news regarding local coverage determinations from Medicare contractors, while the catalysts for Fluidigm's rise were unclear.

The index — which outperformed the Dow Jones, the Nasdaq, and the Biotechnology Index this month — gained more than 8 percent.

Excluding a loss of business to LabCorp, total revenue increased 22 percent year over year in the fourth quarter, Luminex said.

Among the updates provided at the conference on Wednesday, Luminex discussed development and plans for the Verigene II system, and GenMark touted its ePlex test portfolio.

The firm also posted full-year revenue growth of approximately 3 percent to $315 million, near the top end of its guidance of $310 million to $316 million and above analysts' consensus estimate.

The index fell more than 11 percent in December, underperforming the Dow and the Nasdaq, but performing on par with the Nasdaq Biotechnology Index.

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