Luminex

The software connects Luminex's FDA-cleared Aries PCR-based platform with its multiplex xMap technology-based Magpix system.

Both the system, which detects and amplifies nucleic acids, and the assay, which identifies and types HSV DNA, were approved in the US late last year. 

The multi-analyte Zika virus assay was developed by a Luminex partner, GenArraytion, and is available now for research use only.

The platform and the assay were cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration in October and were launched in the US shortly thereafter.

The company's full-year revenues rose 5 percent, with revenue from assay sales increasing 15 percent for the year and 12 percent for the quarter.

Westin St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco, site of the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference

Executives from Luminex, Exact Sciences, T2 Biosystems, and Singulex provided updates on their companies' businesses on the final day of the conference.

Agilent will pay Enzo $9 million to settle the suit, which involved a US patent issued to Enzo and describing non-porous solid supports for nucleic acids.

With this clearance, the respiratory pathogen panel is ready to enter the market to aid in accurate patient diagnosis for respiratory illness. 

The Austin, Texas-based molecular diagnostics firm logged $60.6 million in Q3 revenues as its system sales shot up 26 percent to $9.6 million.

Bio-Techne is the second firm to sign an instrument distribution deal with Luminex in recent weeks and will continue to develop assays for the Luminex platform.

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