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McMaster test detects the most prevalent respiratory viruses
Date:1/28/2008

also CE ("Conformit Europenne") certified to detect and identify 20 viruses and viral subtypes in Europe, adding eight viruses and subtypes including SARS and influenza A H5 (the subtype associated with avian influenza). Luminex is currently working to get the panel certified for patient use in Canada, although it is already available for investigational use.

Development of the xTAG Respiratory Viral Panel began in May 2005, when the company signed an agreement with McMaster to collaborate on the development of the test panel. After the prototype was created and validated at McMaster in Mahonys lab based t St. Josephs Healthcare, the panel was further developed and commercially launched by Luminex.

Its rewarding to see a McMaster technology enter the marketplace in a way that will directly improve the treatment of patients, Elsie Quaite-Randall, executive director of the McMaster Industry Liaison Office (MILO). This is a great example of a win-win collaboration that transformed great research into a product that benefits patients.


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Contact: Veronica McGuire
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