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Total revenues were down due to lower assay revenues, which shrank 11 percent from a year ago. Sample-to-answer molecular product revenues grew 15 percent.

Luminex has licensed the XCR Diagnostics Xtreme Chain Reaction nucleic acid amplification technology for an undisclosed amount.

The deal is expected to close by the end of 2018 and to contribute between $40 million and $50 million in revenues to Luminex in 2019.  

Smaller multiplex molecular panels of five or fewer targets will be covered, while a determination of gastrointestinal panel coverage is expected soon.

CareDx led the Index for the month — the firm's shares rose 81 percent on the strength of its second quarter earnings report.

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 placed 65 sample-to-answer systems under contract in the second quarter compared to 35 systems in the prior-year quarter.

A brief recap of Genetics/Genomics news the week of Jun 15, 2018: Epistem, Exosome Diagnostics, Luminex, Bluebee, Abomics, and OpGen

Though the Dow, the Nasdaq, and the Nasdaq Biotechnology Index all rose in May, they were outperformed by the GenomeWeb Index.

Total sample-to-answer molecular product revenue for the first quarter of 2018 was $16.5 million, representing 49 percent growth.

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