Thermo Fisher Scientific introduced a range of clinical research and diagnostic products at the recent annual conference of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC).
According to Marc N Casper, president and chief executive officer of Thermo Fisher Scientific, the company develops products and solutions that simplify the clinical chemistry workflow.
'Our novel biomarkers, for example, used to diagnose life-threatening illnesses, enable our customers to improve patient outcomes and reduce the length of associated hospital stays,' he said.
This year at the AACC event, the company introduced the Thermo Scientific Indiko, a fully automated, compact chemistry analyser.
The Indiko recently received clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is designed for routine clinical chemistry applications, including drugs-of-abuse testing and therapeutic drug monitoring.
The system employs Thermo Scientific barcoded reagents to simplify operation.
The company also presented its QMS Everolimus reagent kit, which recently received FDA clearance for use on an automated clinical analyser to monitor levels of anti-rejection medication in the blood of kidney-transplant patients.
In the evolving market for drugs-of-abuse testing, the six new Thermo Scientific Oral Fluid immunoassays provide an improvement in convenience over conventional methods, according to the company.
The FDA-cleared assays are used to test for amphetamines, cannabinoids, cocaine, methamphetamines, opiates and PCP.
Thermo Fisher also highlighted an improved liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry (LC/MS) workflow for immunosuppressant analysis, designed to improve productivity in clinical research applications.
Within this workflow, the Thermo Scientific Versette automated liquid-handling platform is used to simplify the sample-handling method, whether the research chemist is transitioning from handheld pipetting or establishing an integrated system.
This workflow also incorporates the latest release of the Thermo Scientific Tracefinder 1.1 software, designed for use in clinical research and forensic toxicology testing.
The Tracefinder software has been specifically adapted for use on the Thermo Scientific Transcend system, known for its Turbo-Flow technology and multiplexing capability.
Multiplexing allows up to four independent HPLC channels to connect to a single mass spectrometer.
The Thermo Scientific Revco UxF series ultra-low-temperature freezer, also showcased at the conference, provides sample protection in a variety of capacities while maintaining high standards for energy efficiency and space utilisation.
In addition, the new Thermo Scientific Assayassure sample preservation kits ensure sample integrity without refrigeration.