BG Medicine said last week that it filed a 510(k) submission with the US Food & Drug Administration for an automated version of its BGM Galectin-3 heart failure test to be run on Abbott Laboratories' Architect platform.

If it receives clearance, the new assay would be the first galectin-3 test on an automated platform and would represent a significant milestone for BG Medicine, which has maintained that moving its galectin-3 assay to an automated format is key to driving commercialization of the test.

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