By Ben Butkus

Clinical diagnostic test maker Iquum this week received US Food and Drug Administration clearance for its Liat Influenza A/B assay and fully automated and integrated Liat Analyzer.

Iguum said the real-time PCR-based test — its first 510(k) win — is designed to enable clinical labs to detect and differentiate influenza A and B in about 20 minutes, or about as fast as currently used immunoassays, but with the increased sensitivity afforded by nucleic acid testing.

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