Industry Spotlight

Nov. 18, 2012

Refrigerated centrifuge

The new refrigerated 24 place centrifuge 5424 R can spin up to 21,130 x g and accurately cool to set temperatures from -10°C to 40°C. The FastTemp function allows for eight minutes pre-cooling to 4°C. This refrigerated microcentrifuge includes a condensation drain to eliminate water accumulation and prevent corrosion. It also has versatility with four different rotor options. Options include the unique Kit rotor, which is designed with an extended rim to support tube caps when using MiniPrep spin column kits.

Eppendorf North America, Inc.

High-speed sorter with bulk loading module

The High Speed Sorter (HSS) is a modular front- and back-end system which automates time-consuming laboratory processes. Options include identification, sorting, decapping, aliquoting, recapping, and a bulk loading module, which eliminates the pre-racking of incoming specimens. Tubes are “dumped” into a hopper for walk-away processing. Two components of the system, the Decapper DC 1200 and Recapper RC 1200, are available as benchtop or stand-alone units that process up to 1,200 screw cap, push cap, or evacuated tubes per hour.


One-minute kill times for Hepatitis B and C

HYPE-WIPE® bleach towelettes have a one-minute kill time for Hepatitis B and C, TB, Streptococcus, Salmonella, Pseudomonas, Norovirus, RSV, H1N1, ESBL, CRKP, Rotavirus; a two-minute kill time for MRSA, Staph and VRE. The towelettes are registered with the EPA as a one-step cleaner/disinfectant and have passed the independent AOAC hard surface disinfection test. The towelettes are saturated with 1:10 dilution of sodium hypochlorite and include detergent. They are stabilized for a long shelf life and have the expiration date on every pouch. Available in two sizes: full size is 6″ x 12″ and MINI HYPE-WIPE® is 3″ x 3″. Clear acrylic holders are available for both sizes.

Current Technologies, Inc.

Agglutination testing

The ABORhCard® is a qualitative in vitro agglutination test for the simultaneous determination of ABO blood group and Rh factor status in approximately two minutes from a fingerstick of whole blood. It is FDA 510(k) cleared for educational and informational purposes. It is not for use for blood bank processing of blood products, for determining RHD status for the purpose of administration of Rh immunoglobulin, or for screening purposes prior to transfusion. No instrument/equipment or refrigeration is required. A novel closed system the size of a credit card incorporates grouping reagents as well as internal verification controls into the card. Additional features include long shelf life and waste containment in the card itself for easy disposal.

Micronics, Inc.

Safeguard from misidentification errors

The know error® system uses bar coding, forensic principles, and DNA matching to confirm that surgical biopsy samples being evaluated belong exclusively to the patient being diagnosed. The Breast and Prostate system can be easily integrated within existing laboratory processes, as the system involves three easy steps and requires minimal disruption to the standard biopsy process. Before the biopsy procedure, a reference DNA sample is taken via a cheek swab and is sent in a bar coded container to an independent DNA lab. The patient’s biopsy tissue sample(s) are then placed in the corresponding bar-coded specimen containers and sent to a pathology lab as normal. If the biopsy is positive for cancer, the DNA lab compares the DNA from the biopsy sample against the reference DNA on file. This process safeguards patients from misidentification errors due to mislabeling, switching, or contamination during the biopsy testing process.

Strand Diagnostics, LLC

Liquid-ready control

RNA1C is a liquid-ready, non-biological quality control solution for use with the Siemens DCA Vantage® Series Analyzers. This solution is used to confirm correct operation and measurement when used to measure glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c %) in patient samples. It is a dye-based aqueous solution that has buffers and stabilizers, contains no human or biological materials and no hemoglobin, and requires no additional handling for thawing or reconstitution. The use of dyes to simulate hemoglobin and hemoglobin fractions allows for room temperature stability in the point of care setting. Shelf life is 18 months when stored refrigerated (2-8°C) and stable for 90 days, after opening, if stored refrigerated, or 30 days if stored at room temperature (up to 25°C). Convenient dropper bottles contain 1.0 mL of solution. RNA1C is available in two levels (normal and abnormal) for monitoring analyzer performance at varying points within the clinical range.

RNA Medical