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The new plant will serve as the company's hub for launching multiplexed molecular diagnostic kits for tuberculosis and other infectious disease.

The firm plans to make the molecular testing system accessible to low-income countries, in part by reducing costs using reel-to-reel manufacturing.

TSG is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ascendis Medical and supplies diagnostic laboratory equipment and consumables to pathology laboratories.

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In addition, Qiagen has partnered with Japan's SRL for companion diagnostic development, and its CareHPV test was added to the WHO list of prequalified IVDs.

The firm will manufacture its Logix Smart mycobacteria tuberculosis assay at its ISO-certified facility in Utah but will not seek FDA approval at this time, it said.

The portable, battery-operated system will be an interim solution for decentralized testing in places where power may be unreliable.

The 20-gene assay, which BioMérieux will develop on the BioFire FilmArray platform, distinguishes active TB from latent TB, viral, and bacterial infections.

At ASM Microbe, the University of Wisconsin's Caitlin Pepperell described her work putting Mycobacterium tuberculosis genomics into a historical context.

Using a protocol developed at the University of Oxford, the researchers hope that nanopore sequencing can aid diagnosis and drug resistance profiling in remote areas.

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