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Technology

Emerging Technologies

Technologies rarely advance at a steady and predictable pace, but new platforms and newer ideas are already shaping the future of clinical lab testing. This article from the April 2014 issue highlights a handful of companies that are working to bring new diagnostic technologies to market and improve patient care.

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Equipment

Chemical-Resistant Fume Hood

Constructed of chemical-resistant, flame-retardant, non-metallic composite resin materials, AireStream fume hoods from Hemco Corp maximize user protection while providing energy savings.

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Testing/Diagnostics

Corticosteroid Reference Materials Highlight Pain Biomarkers

Cerilliant has introduced four Certified Spiking Solutions of the corticosteroids pregnenolone, 17α-hydroxypregnenolone, cortisone, and 11-deoxycorticosterone at concentrations of 100 μg/mL in methanol. These hormones have been shown to serve as biomarkers of pain and as indicators of abnormal hormone production.

The MiSeqDx high-throughput genomic sequencer by Illumina.

Technology

Illumina Brings in the Business

Since last November, when FDA cleared Illumina’s MiSeqDx high-throughput sequencer for diagnostic applications, the potential of next-generation sequencing has captured the imagination of many scientists and laboratorians—and with it their engagement in developing clinical tests based on Illumina’s platforms.

Cofounders Joshua Windmiller, PhD, (left) and Jared Tangney, PhD, 
display Electrozyme’s microelectronic sensor backbone and printed electrochemical sensor sheet, respectively.

Technology

Electrozyme Decentralizes the Clinical Lab with Printed Biosensors

Founded in 2012 in La Jolla, Calif, Electrozyme is endeavoring to become the world leader in the development of printed electrochemical biosensors. The company offers a portfolio of printed biosensors that facilitate high-fidelity amperometric, voltammetric, and potentiometric electrochemical analyses of numerous compounds relevant to the healthcare, environmental sensing, and security monitoring domains.