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Abbott Introduces Molecular Diagnostic System Intended for Broad Identification of Infectious Agents
Date:7/21/2009

pected to receive CE Mark (Conformite Europeenne) for marketing in the European Union later this year.

Initial assays in development include bacteria-candida-antibiotic resistance (BCA), influenza and broad viral detection.

In an early research study, viral isolates from adenovirus, alphavirus, enterovirus, flavivirus, herpes virus and human parvovirus B19 were injected into human plasma specimens from healthy volunteers. This was followed by a retrospective study of 54 blinded samples of cerebral spinal fluid, urine and plasma. The Ibis technology detected all viral pathogens that were added to the plasma specimens with a limit of detection ranging from 15 to 125 copies. In the retrospective study, the system demonstrated 98 percent concordance with the reference method.

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