In This Issue...
The New, Improved CLN
Enthusiastic editorial board members of the first-ever CLN Daily
The Annual Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo marks some important changes for Clinical Laboratory News, AACC's monthly news publication since 1975. First, our coverage of the Annual Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo will be radically different this year from what it has been in the past. We are debuting CLN Daily, a daily newspaper produced onsite at Chicago's McCormick Place Convention Center and featuring extensive coverage of meeting-related programs and events. Look for this official publication of the Annual Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo on the shuttle busses that run between our hotels and at Chicago's McCormick Place Convention Center.
As part of our CLN Daily coverage, we're delighted that a team of eight AACC members gamely volunteered to be part of the CLN Daily Editorial Board to help us launch this exciting new communications product. This intrepid group of laboratorians will be donning their reporters' caps during the Annual Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo to write about its educational programming and events, and to help CLN Daily keep a true pulse on the action. In addition to their activities at the Annual Meeting itself, this enthusiastic crew joined us in May at the AACC offices. Former AACC President Dr. Ann Gronowski of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis is leading this effort; joining her are Drs. Mark Cervinski of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, David Colantonio of Toronto's The Hospital for Sick Children, Mari DeMarco of St Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, Chris McCudden of The Ottawa Hospital in Ottawa, Ontario, Amy Saenger of Roche Diagnostics, Joely Straseski of the University of Utah and ARUP Laboratories in Salt Lake City, and Melanie Yarbrough of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Three cheers for our uber volunteers!
CLN's other imprint on the Annual Meeting will be its support of lunch for attendees on the Expo floor on Wednesday, a first for the Annual Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo, and for CLN.
If these changes weren't enough, with our July issue we also rolled out a completely new design, breaking from the publication's tabloid size to one that is more mailbox- and desktop-friendly. Along with the new look of the magazine, we've added great new content, like Bench Matters featuring invited articles on lab practice topics, Point/Counterpoint with experts offering opposing views on leading clinical issues, Expert Q&A, comprising brief articles on nagging problems or questions in the lab field—all designed to bring new voices and perspectives into the publication.
We still will cover news of importance to the laboratory community with our traditional attention to accuracy, consistency, and reliability, but in briefer articles. The old Improving Healthcare Through Laboratory Medicine Series articles are still there, but relaunched as the Mini-Review, with lab experts offering in-depth summaries of clinical and analytical topics. Other content of the past has been refreshed for the 21st Century. For example, the names have changed but not the great content of our recurring department sections, The Sample (summaries of recently published research), Industry Playbook (coverage of business deals, new ventures, and other industry news), Regulatory Roundup (FDA news as well as EU CE mark notifications for new assays and instruments), and Federal Insider (federal and state policy and legal issues). Our quarterly Patient Safety Focus sponsored by ARUP Laboratories also has made the leap into the new CLN, offering the same practical tips and advice, but with a refreshed look.
We couldn't be more proud or excited to bring to AACC members and the global clinical laboratory community these new publications and programs. We thank you for your support over the past 4 decades, and look forward to continuing to bring you the best news and views in the field!
Showcasing New Product Showcase
New Product Showcase: A great way to stand out in the crowd
Each year at the Annual Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo our New Product Showcase highlights the in vitro diagnostic industry's innovations, new technologies, methods, programs, and the like. An innovation this year to the New Product Showcase itself is that New Product Showcase items will be displayed on jumbo screens in rotating 12-second images and videos just outside the McCormick Place Convention Center exhibit hall. Attendees will be able to learn more about specific products using touch screens just below the jumbo screens. Unchanged from the past is that New Product Showcase reviews also will be featured in CLN, this time in three issues - Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday - of our first-ever CLN Daily.
As of June 30, the New Product Showcase featured 83 products from 38 manufacturers. Five companies had blood banking, hematology and coagulation-related products on display, including Accriva Diagnostics, Beckman Coulter, Beckman Coulter Life Sciences, HORIBA Medical, and Shenzen Mindray Bio-Medical Electronics. In the category of core labs, Applied Biocode, ARKRAY, Beckman Coulter, Bio-Rad Laboratories, and Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics featured seven products. Accriva Diagnostics and Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics had joined four other companies and original equipment manufacturers, including Carolina Liquid Chemistries, Motorola Solutions, QuantiScientifics and The Lee Company in showing everything from bar code scanning technology to a drug testing platform.
In all, 16 companies had products in the immunoassay/diagnostics/reagents/kits category. These included Accriva Diagnostics, Applied Biocode, ARKRAY, Beckman Coulter, Beckman Coulter Life Sciences, Bio-Rad Laboratories, Carolina Liquid Chemistries, HORIBA Medical, Magellan Diagnostics, MedTest, QuantiScientifics, Sakae Corporation, Scripps Laboratories, Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, Sigma-Aldrich, and SurModics. In the category of automation/information technology, five companies—Applied Biocode, Beckman Coulter, Hologic, Motorola Solutions, and Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics—showcased their wares. In the microbiology/virology realm, Applied Biocode featured its new Gastrointestinal Pathogen Panel including 17 pathogenic bacteria, viruses, and parasites.
Applied Biocode, Hologic, and Luminex had molecular diagnostic-related products highlighted in the New Product Showcase, while point-of-care testing instruments, assays, data management systems and other products by Accriva Diagnostics, Carolina Liquid Chemistries, Conworx Data Solutions America, Nova Biomedical Corporation, Sakae Corporation and Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics were represented.
More products will be added right up until show time; check back for updates, and take a moment at the Annual Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo to view the New Product Showcase jumbo screens, or pursue these new technologies, instruments, and other products in the latest issue of CLN Daily.