November 2016 Product Focus – Chemistry (plus New Products)

Oct. 24, 2016

Serum indices

Specimen interferences are a contributor to pre-analytical variation that affects clinical chemistry testing. Liquichek Serum Indices monitors an instrument’s ability to detect interferences from hemolyzed, icteric, and lipemic specimens. Features also include a four-level kit including hemolysis, icterus, lipemia, and non-interfered Indices; 4 mL fill size per level; liquid, human serum based; 14-day open-vial stability at 2-8 ºC; 3-year shelf life at -20 ºC to -70 ºC; and unity peer group comparisons. Liquichek Serum Indices is classified as a non-IVD product that monitors pre-analytical instrument detection of HIL interferences. Bio-Rad Laboratories

Chemistry analyzer

The BA-800M Chemistry Analyzer produces 800 photometric test results per hour and 1,200 tests per hour with ISE. The 440 position sample capacity provides large-volume laboratories hours of unmanned operational time. Minimal reagent consumption permits efficient reagent utilization and lowest cost per test. Advanced features of the BA-800M Analyzer include continuous reagent loading, Reagent Bubble Detection, Water Quality Monitor, One-Key STAT Touch button, Probe Liquid Level Detection, and Sample Probe Clot and Collision Recovery, which provides the laboratory with smooth operational and enhanced workflow efficiencies. MedTest

HbA1c control

A1c-Cellular is an HbA1c control with intact red blood cells. It tests the entire HbA1c procedure, including the lysing of the red blood cells. This important step ensures the entire system, instrument and reagents, works properly and provides accurate patient results. No reconstitution is required, reducing the potential for human error. A1-Cellular is appropriate for immunoassay and ionic exchange HPLC methodologies and assayed for popular chemistry instruments. It is available in plastic cap-pierceable vials to allow autosampling for analyzers with that capability. Streck

Assayed quality control material

The Linearity FD BNP (Extended) consists of five levels that demonstrate a linear relationship to each other when assayed for BNP-32 and NT-Pro BNP. It has an open vial stability of two days for BNP-32 and five days NT-Pro BNP when stored at 2-8°C. AUDIT provides AUDITOR QC, a free online data reduction program that offers Levey-Jennings charts and peer group analysis for daily quality control product users, as well as linearity graphs and peer group analysis. Report results are given immediately in an “inspector friendly format” and stored on the Auditor QC website for future reference. Audit MicroControls

Chemistry system

The ADVIA Chemistry XPT System is engineered to meet expanding workloads. With the new intuitive user interface that is easy to use and VeriSmart Technology to support accuracy of testing, the ADVIA Chemistry XPT System predictably and consistently delivers timely, reliable results. The System unites innovative workflow solutions with clinical excellence, leading to increased laboratory productivity to keep pace with labs’ demanding chemistry commitments. Siemens

HPLC analyzer

The Tosoh G8 (Tosoh Automated Glycohemoglobin Analyzer HLC-723G8) has been cleared by the FDA to aid in diagnosis of diabetes and identify patients who may be at risk for developing diabetes. HPLC methodology allows for the visual identification of hemoglobinopathies that can interfere with the HbA1c result. NGSP Certified, the Tosoh G8 has demonstrated high pass rates and CVs of less than 2 percent in proficiency tests. Tosoh

Integrated chemistry immunodiagnostics

The VITROS 5600 integrated system comprises five proven technologies that enable users to reduce turnaround time and increase meaningful outcomes. VITROS MicroSlide Technology provides high-quality results, minimal operator interventions, ease of use, and 95 percent reportable result efficiency with layered dry slide technology; VITROS MicroTip Technology provides special chemistry menu offerings and user-defined assays without cost, maintenance, carryover, and contamination risks of water-based systems; VITROS MicroWell Technology provides fewer unnecessary dilutions, repeats, and redraws with Enhanced Chemiluminescence detection; VITROS MicroSensor Technology provides reduced time, labor, and error potential with endogenous interferences detection and flagging that requires no reagent or extra consumables; and VITROS Intellicheck Technology provides accurate and efficient result reporting with Intellicheck Technology. Ortho Clinical Diagnostic

New Products

Color microscope camera

The Olympus LC30 is a cost-effective, entry-level color microscope camera that delivers excellent performance for brightfield applications and digital documentation in both life and materials sciences. The camera’s sensitive CMOS sensor delivers up to 37 frames per second, making the Olympus LC30 fast and easy to control. Users quickly can create fully detailed images that are ideal for documentation and accurate measurements. The sensitivity of the LC30 camera can be increased by using various binning modes. It accurately reproduces and records colors using a patented color-correction technology and integrates easily into existing microscope setups. The camera uses a single USB 2.0 cable for high-speed data transfer and power supply, and it can be mounted quickly and easily on any microscope equipped with a standard C-mount adaptor, making it simple to install. The camera integrates with Olympus cellSens and OLYMPUS Stream imaging software to help ensure a seamless interaction between the microscope, camera, and additional devices, delivering intuitive and efficient operation. Olympus

Calibration verification/linearity test kits

LGC Maine Standards announces the release of its VALIDATE Tumor Markers and VALIDATE Whole Blood Glucose calibration verification/linearity test kits. VALIDATE Tumor Markers evaluates Carcinoembryonic Antigen and Cancer Antigens 15-3, 19-9, and 125 in a human serum-based matrix. VALIDATE Whole Blood Glucose evaluates glucose in human whole-blood on blood glucose meter systems used in hospital point-of-care settings. Each VALIDATE test kit is prepared using the CLSI recommended “equal delta” method for linearity testing and is liquid, ready-to-use. Lab personnel can simply dispense the product from dropper bottle and run in replicates. LGC Maine Standards

Spinal and body fluid control

Streck’s Cell-Chex Auto, a three-level spinal and body fluid control for evaluating the accuracy and precision of hematology instruments that measure blood cell counts in patient body fluid samples, is now assayed for the Beckman Coulter UniCel DxH 600 Cellular Analysis System. Using Cell-Chex Auto, lab leaders can improve efficiency, maintain testing accuracy, and decrease turnaround times for most body fluid samples by eliminating the need for manual hemacytometer testing by one or more laboratorians. Cell-Chex Auto tests the lower linearity limits of the DxH 600 to provide confidence that patient body fluid sample results are accurate. Streck

Molecular diagnostic tests

Cepheid’s updated Winter Care Bundle of Xpert molecular diagnostic tests is a valuable tool kit in the battle against virulent infections. Consisting of the Xpert Norovirus, Xpert C. difficile BT, Xpert Carba-R, Xpert vanA/vanB and Xpert Flu/RSV XC rapid tests for the GeneXpert System, it offers on-demand RT­PCR testing to help avoid preventable ward closures and avert a winter care crisis. Offering results in just 45 to 90 minutes, the Winter Care Bundle can help to prevent the spread of disease and improve patient management, as well as antibiotic and antiviral stewardships, reducing the potential burden of viral outbreaks. The new Xpert C. difficile BT not only returns results for toxins A and B, but also reports binary toxin status independently. Cepheid

Pump accessories

MilliporeSigma has introduced a set of Steritest Symbio Pump systems accessories that accelerate and streamline sterility testing workflows. The new accessories address testing challenges in various laboratory settings and enhance safety and convenience during sample handling, filtration, and waste management as well as canister transport, incubation, and reading. The accessories also increase usable space for testing and integrate seamlessly with the Steritest Symbio LFH Pump, Symbio ISL Pump, and Symbio FLEX Pump in laminar flow hoods, cleanrooms, and isolators. The range of Steritest Symbio Pump accessories includes products for sample handling, filtration, waste management, and transport and incubation. MilliporeSigma

Digital chilling/heating dry bath

Torrey Pines Scientific ‘s two-position EchoTherm Model IC22 Digital Chilling/Heating Dry Bath is for use in chilling or heating biological samples from -10°C to 100°C.The unit is two dry baths in one, saving valuable bench space. The IC22 can run two separate or identical temperatures and two different sample blocks at the same time. The unit has a built-in data logger, 30-day countdown timer with alarm, and RS232 interface, making it ideal for use with robotic systems. It can be used with standard accessory sample blocks for 0.5ml, 1.5ml, and 2.0ml centrifuge tubes, PCR tubes and plates, 96-well and 384-well assay plates of all kinds, vials, and most sizes of test tubes. Custom blocks are available on special order. The IC22 is ideal for hybridizations, enzyme reactions and deactivations, and ligations, maintaining 17°C for storing oocytes, incubating samples above, below, or at room temperature, storing enzymes or DNA libraries, storing samples at ice bucket temperatures, and more. Torrey Pines Scientific