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Meridian Bioscience Launches New Molecular Test for the Detection of Mycoplasma pneumoniae

Meridian Bioscience, Inc. VIVO, -3.73% today announced that it has received the CE Mark for a new molecular diagnostic test for Mycoplasma pneumonia (M. pneumoniae). The new and improved illumigene Mycoplasma Direct assay features a simplified procedure compared to the existing illumigene Mycoplasma product. The new procedure will significantly expand Meridian's customer base by eliminating the need for specialized techniques and training, as well as providing definitive results in less than one hour.

The launch of illumigene Mycoplasma Direct adds to the already robust illumigene menu that includes molecular tests for Group A Streptococcus, Pertussis, C. difficile, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, HSV 1&2, Group B Streptococcus, and Malaria. All illumigene products are distributed in the EMEA regions by Meridian Bioscience Europe and in additional international markets by the Company's global distribution network.

Mike Shaughnessy, Executive Vice President and President of Meridian Global Diagnostics stated, "We are excited to improve upon the only CE-marked and FDA-cleared stand-alone molecular assay for Mycoplasma pneumoniae (illumigene Mycoplasma). By simplifying the procedure we are able to provide more customers with a superior diagnostic tool that will improve patient care. Due to the lack of cell wall in Mycoplasma, typical antibiotics like...


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