NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Cepheid today announced a collaboration with MedImmune and the COMBACTE consortium to develop rapid tests for the diagnosis of Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

The tests will look for signs of infection in respiratory secretions of mechanically ventilated patients, to help identify patients for clinical trials evaluating the use of biologics to prevent ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP) in intensive care unit patients.

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