Hologic Panther Fusion Open Access Functionality
Hologic has introduced an Open Access functionality that will allow CLIA-certified laboratories to develop laboratory developed tests to run on its fully automated Panther Fusion platform. Labs will be able to run their LDTs simultaneously with commercially available IVD assays, and results will release automatically to laboratory information systems.
The Open Access functionality is enabled by the new myAccess software, which is designed to help laboratories create protocols, analyze data, set thresholds, and interpret results, Hologic said.
Qiagen DNeasy Plant Pro Kit
Qiagen has launched the DNeasy Plant Pro Kit for extraction of high-quality DNA from varied plant samples. The new kit includes bead-beating technology for significantly higher sample disruption efficiency. Plant samples often contain high levels of secondary metabolites like polysaccharides, lipids, terpenes, or polyphenols, which are difficult to remove, Qiagen noted. To address this, the DNeasy kit also includes inhibitor removal technology to clean impurities from samples and release the DNA from masking by polyphenols.
NanoString CAR-T Characterization Panel
NanoString Technologies has announced the launch of a new gene expression panel for the molecular characterization of CAR-T cells in research, development, and manufacturing of adoptive cell therapies. According to the company, the new nCounter(R) CAR-T Characterization Panel was created in collaboration with eight academic centers and is designed for use across the entirety of the CAR-T work flow including leukapheresis, manufacturing, and post-infusion monitoring.
The customizable 780-gene expression panel incorporates content to measure eight essential components of CAR-T cell biology including T-cell activation, metabolism, exhaustion, and receptor diversity with optional customization for measuring transgene expression with NanoString's Protein Barcoding Service. The firm expects to begin shipping the panel in December.
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