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Biocept CEE-Sure Blood Collection Tubes

Biocept has launched its CEE-Sure blood collection tubes for research use only. Under a previously-announced distribution agreement, the tubes are being internationally distributed through VWR, a leading global provider of product and service solutions to laboratory and production customers. Specimen types that can be transported include blood, cerebrospinal fluid, sputum, and fluid obtained from pleural effusion. The tubes employ a patented media that inhibits cell clumping, preventing clogging of microfluidics devices used in circulating tumor cell analyses. They can also preserve high-quality circulating cfDNA for advanced molecular testing applications like non-invasive prenatal testing and detection of gene mutations in cancer. 

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