Abbott this week received an EU CE mark for its automated version of BG Medicine's Galectin-3 protein biomarker assay.

The assay, which is intended as an aid in determining the prognosis of heart failure patients, will run on Abbott's ARCHITECT immunochemistry platform.

BG received a CE Mark and US Food & Drug Administration 510(k) approval for a manual version of the Galectin-3 test in 2010 and has since worked with Abbott, Alere, Siemens, and BioMérieux on automated versions of the test.

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