AUSTIN, Texas, May 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Luminex Corporation (NASDAQ: LMNX) today announced it will highlight the latest additions to its product portfolio at the 32nd Annual Clinical Virology Symposium, a meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, taking place May 19-21 in Daytona Beach, Florida. The new ARIES® System will be featured in seven poster presentations, and showcased in a company-sponsored workshop. The recently FDA-cleared and CE-marked NxTAG® Respiratory Pathogen Panel (RPP) will be featured in eight posters. More information, including a select list of Luminex-related posters and events, is available online.
The ARIES® System is Luminex's new solution for real-time PCR molecular testing, designed to increase laboratory efficiency, ensure result accuracy, and fit seamlessly into today's lean laboratory. The ARIES® System is the most powerful and intuitive of any sample to answer solution for molecular testing, and provides complete control of the testing process from sample accessioning to results reporting. Luminex offers a number of assay panels for use with the system, including the CE-IVD marked ARIES® HSV 1&2 Assay, and the GBS and Flu A/B & RSV Assays available for research use. The ARIES® System and ARIES® HSV 1&2 Assay received FDA clearance in October 2015 and were subsequently launched in the U.S. market.
Since its introduction, numerous labs have begun implementing the ARIES® System for their diverse molecular testing needs. In the product workshop, three distinguished speakers will present studies performed in their laboratories using the ARIES® System:
- Dr. Anami Patel, from Poplar Healthcare, will describe a study to evaluate ARIES® HSV performance and workflow as compared to another commercially available assay and a laboratory developed test (LDT) for HSV;
- Dr. Ted Schutzbank, from St. John Hospital and Medical Center, will present the results of an ARIES® LDT for varicella zoster virus (VZV) using ASRs in comparison with a TaqMan-based VZV LDT;
- Dr. Xiaotian Zheng, from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, will discuss his ARIES® LDT using analyte specific reagents (ASRs) for detection of enterovirus in pediatric blood samples for early diagnosis of meningitis/encephalitis and sepsis.
The workshop will take place on Friday, May 20, 2016 from 1:30 PM-3:00 PM in the Hilton Daytona Beach Resort Oceanwalk Village. Interested individuals can register here.
At the Symposium, Luminex employees will demonstrate new software called SYNCT™ and other tools in a unique "Experience Room." The room will be contained within the Luminex booth (#227) on the trade show floor, which will also include the ARIES® System, MAGPIX® instrument, and NxTAG RPP assay. SYNCT software streamlines data analysis and reporting, and is specifically designed for the needs of molecular labs running ARIES® or NxTAG RPP assays to allow lab directors to manage their lab data from multiple workstations through a single interface.
"We are excited to come to this year's CVS conference with a powerful suite of new tools to support scientists and physicians working on the front lines to fight viral infections and other infectious diseases," said Eric Shapiro, Vice President, Global Marketing, Luminex Corporation. "Our solutions enable clinical laboratories to operate at a new standard of efficiency through seamless integration of both syndromic and targeted testing, resulting in improved patient outcomes."
About the ARIES® System and HSV 1&2 Assay
The ARIES® System is a sample to answer molecular diagnostic system designed to increase laboratory efficiency, ensure result accuracy, and fit seamlessly into today's lean laboratory environment. The ARIES® System uses internal barcode scanning and other advanced features to minimize operator errors. Two independent modules each support from one to six cassettes, allowing for both STAT and Batch testing of IVD and homebrew assays using MultiCode® Reagents when using a common Universal Assay Protocol. An integrated touchscreen PC eliminates the need for a separate computer, standalone keyboard, and mouse, maximizing valuable bench space.
The ARIES® HSV 1&2 Assay is a real-time PCR-based qualitative in vitro diagnostic test for the direct detection and typing of herpes simplex virus (HSV 1&2) DNA in cutaneous or mucocutaneous lesion specimens from symptomatic patients, or in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) from patients suspected of HSV infections of the central nervous system. The test is indicated for use with symptomatic individuals to aid in the diagnosis of HSV infections. The assay is not intended to be used for prenatal screening. The ARIES® HSV 1&2 Assay is indicated for use on the ARIES® System.
The NxTAG Respiratory Pathogen Panel is CE-marked in Europe, and FDA-cleared in the U.S. The NxTAG Respiratory Pathogen Panel is an assay that detects 20 relevant viral and bacterial respiratory pathogens, including the atypical bacteria Chlamydophila pneumoniae, and Mycoplasma pneumoniae. The panel is the only respiratory assay that enables laboratories to easily and simultaneously detect these respiratory pathogens in a single, closed tube system and in a format that scales to accommodate changes in throughput needed to respond to seasonal changes in demand, especially during flu season. The NxTAG Respiratory Pathogen Panel requires only minutes of hands-on time with no upstream reagent preparation. The innovative tube strip design offers laboratories the flexibility to process a single sample or up to 96 samples per run, without wasting consumables or reagents. Total turnaround time is only about three hours for 96 samples (excluding extraction).
About Luminex Corporation
Luminex is committed to applying its passion for innovation toward creating breakthrough solutions to improve health and advance science. The company is transforming global healthcare and life-science research through the development, manufacturing and marketing of proprietary instruments and assays utilizing xMAP® open-architecture multi-analyte platform, MultiCode® real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR), and multiplex PCR-based technologies, that deliver cost-effective rapid results to clinicians and researchers. Luminex's technology is commercially available worldwide and in use in leading clinical laboratories, as well as major pharmaceutical, diagnostic, biotechnology and life-science companies. Luminex is meeting the needs of customers in markets as diverse as clinical diagnostics, pharmaceutical drug discovery, biomedical research including genomic and proteomic research, personalized medicine, biodefense research and food safety. For further information on Luminex Corporation and the latest advances in multiplexing using award winning technology, please visit http://www.luminexcorp.com/.
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