Luminex CEO Patrick Balthrop said this week that the company is "well into the alpha stage" of development for its high-volume, low-multiplex, cartridge-based clinical diagnostic system, dubbed Project Aries.

As such, Luminex's R&D spend increased by approximately 26 percent in the first quarter, a trend that it sees continuing over the next several quarters — though at a slightly slower pace — as it prepares the sample-to-answer testing platform for beta testing and possible commercialization next year, Balthrop said.

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