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Curetis Unyvero BCU Blood Culture Application Cartridge

Curetis has launched its new Unyvero BCU Blood Culture application cartridge for broad commercial rollout. The cartridge features a unique and differentiated test panel covering more than 100 diagnostic targets, including tests detecting Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, fungi, mycobacteria, and 16 antibiotic resistance biomarkers. It can test a range of samples from positively flagged blood culture to bottles inoculated with blood from patients with suspected bloodstream infections. The BCU application cartridge delivers comprehensive results within four to five hours, and is compatible with the most common commercial blood culture systems.

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