Cepheid this week launched its CE-marked Smart CMV in vitro diagnostic test in Europe for the SmartCycler real-time PCR platform. The test is intended for rapid detection and quantitation of CMV viral load for hospitals, university research labs, and government agencies, the company said. With automation, the SmartCycler system can deliver "highly accurate and consistent test results from prepared biological samples in approximately 30-40 minutes," Cepheid added.
SuperArray Bioscience last week launched its ArrayGrade FFPE RNA Isolation Kit for isolating RNA from formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded samples for microarray-based gene expression analysis.
The company claims the kit can help increase percent positive calls on high-density microarrays by reversing more of the cross-links introduced by the archiving process and recommended its use in cancer and pathology research.