IVD Responds to Sepsis with Rapid Testing Solutions

IVD Responds to Sepsis with Rapid Testing Solutions

Sepsis is a scourge for the healthcare system in the U.S. and abroad, but is also an area that has received significant attention from major IVD makers. Now rapid solutions are entering the mix.


CRISPR: As Powerful a Tool in Finding Disease As It Is in Treating It

CRISPR: As Powerful a Tool in Finding Disease As It Is in Treating It

 The most obvious applications for CRISPR lie in gene therapy, while consideration is being made as well into other avenues of development, such as pharmaceuticals and agriculture, and there is incredible potential in etiological research by way of easily creating new genetic animal models. But a variant of the technique, called SHERLOCK, could become a vital and versatile tool in diagnostics and outbreak management. SHERLOCK, or Specific High-sensitivity Enzymatic Reporter unLOCKing, is a CRISPR-based system in that it uses a gRNA and an enzyme to find and cut DNA, respectively


Crescendo Reached on Long-standing Quest for FDA Regulation of Laboratory-developed Tests

The FDA made official in 2010 its intent to revise its previous LDT policy (in which there effectively was none), citing insufficient evidence in claims of an LDT’s efficacy, a lack of controls, yielding false results, or developers fudging numbers and producing fake results. While there has been a fair amount of FDA statements since 2010, In the absence of action, we see a thriving market.


Retail Clinics a Factor in CVS-Aetna Merger

Retail Clinics a Factor in CVS-Aetna Merger

Retail clinics should get a boost both in recognition of concept, and in clinic numbers as a result of the recent $69 billion-dollar CVS- Aetna deal and the expressed interest of CVS to be the 'front door" of healthcare. CVS is the largest provider of retail clinics and the addition of a healthcare insurer signals increased usage. There's plenty of reasons why there's room to grow for clinics, as well as other alternative healthcare services. We take a look at some of the current stats on in-store clinics from our report earlier this year.