respiratory pathogens

The firm plans to use the funds to develop a five-minute point-of-care molecular diagnostic system for multiplexed infectious disease detection.

The researchers are testing the method in a clinical trial of hospital-acquired pneumonia and are working on tests for meningitis and prosthetic joint infections.

The firm anticipates that the award will accelerate the development of its over-the-counter and professional-use influenza and multiplex respiratory pathogen tests. 

A project to use the host response to classify acute respiratory infections has been spun off into a company called Host Response, and is seeking industry partners. 

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.

Guidance for 2018 placements of ePlex respiratory testing systems is lower than analysts’ estimates, but the firm communicated remedies for adoption challenges.

On a conference call following the release of the earnings, the firm's CEO guided for lower 2018 ePlex placements than had been expected by analysts.

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

The firm is developing a rapid point-of-care diagnostic system focused on combating antimicrobial resistance.

The panel, developed by collaborator Janssen, is expected to improve detection of influenza and respiratory syncytial virus.

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