Bordetella assay now CE marked Europe
Hologic’s Panther Fusion Bordetella assay has received CE mark in Europe. This assay, the latest in a growing menu of Panther Fusion and Aptima assays, brings full automation, efficiency and excellent assay performance to Bordetella detection. The Panther Fusion system retains all the key benefits of the Panther platform, including full sample-to-result automation, and is suitable for any size laboratory.
The Panther Fusion Bordetella assay is a real-time PCR assay for the detection and differentiation of Bordetella pertussis (B.
pertussis) and Bordetella parapertussis (B. parapertussis) from nasopharyngeal swab specimens collected from symptomatic patients.Laboratories can combine cervical and sexual health, virology, respiratory, hospital-acquired infections, and Open Access tests on the Panther Fusion system, running up to 32 different assays at the same time. The system offers labs the potential to process up to 500 Panther Fusion and Aptima assays in an 8-hour period.
Panther Fusion is available as a full system, or the Panther Fusion module can be attached to existing Panther systems in the field to extend testing capabilities. The Panther Fusion module adds the capacity to run PCR (polymerase chain reaction) assays in addition to tests based on TMA (transcription-mediated amplification), the proprietary Hologic chemistry that powers the company’s Aptima brand. Key system benefits include the ability to run multiple tests from a single sample, random and continuous access, sample processing with rapid turnaround time, continuous loading, and STAT capabilities.
The Panther Fusion assays utilize ready-to-use, unit-dose lyophilized reagents, which have 60-day on-board stability to help reduce waste and the need for manual reagent preparation. Diagenode, a leading diagnostics assay provider based in Liege, Belgium and New Jersey, USA, was a principal partner in developing the Panther Fusion Bordetella assay in collaboration with Hologic, and is the manufacturer of the kit.