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October 2011 Clinical Laboratory News: Expo Extra

AM 2011

Clinical Lab Expo Turns Up the Heat in Atlanta

Another record setting year! Atlanta showed off its southern hospitality for attendees and exhibitors who packed the Georgia World Congress Center, July 24–28, to network, learn about the latest hot topics affecting clinical labs, and check out the newest clinical laboratory products and services. Despite slow growth in other economic sectors, the diagnostics market is alive and healthy. With more than 2,000 booths from some 675 companies representing more than 25 countries from every region of the world, this year’s Expo broke the record set just last year in Anaheim, Calif. Featured here are news releases from just a few of the many exhibiting companies.

Siemens Delivers Interactive Expo Experience

Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics debuted new instruments, assays, automation, and IT solutions at this year’s Expo. Siemens took an new approach by encouraging visitors to use interactive touch screens located in their booth to view the company’s latest diagnostic offerings. This new application allowed visitors to explore Siemens portfolio of assays, as well as new immunoassays for HIV antibodies, thyroid disease, and ovarian, breast, and pancreatic cancers. Siemens also created an event application for iPhone, iPad, or Droid devices, which visitors could download to preview the company’s exhibit, access information about its latest products and solutions, and find out about educational offerings.

Artel Unveils Tools to Boost Lab Quality

Visitors to Artel’s booth got the opportunity to experience their new learning center, an educational resource focused on liquid handling. The Artel Learning Center also featured articles, presentations, case studies, and other information to help laboratories improve quality control and data quality, as well as a sneak preview of the company’s first webinar. The webinar program is a vital part of the Artel Learning Center and is designed to offer live instruction by liquid handling experts to enhance operator competency and spread best practices. Another fun feature of Artel’s booth was their Artel Pipetting Olympics, a competition that gave laboratory technicians a hands-on opportunity to test their manual pipetting skills. 

Waters Rolls Out New Technology Solutions

Waters Corporation unveiled new products aimed at improving clinical lab efficiency. The new product that took center stage at the Expo was the MassTrak Immunosuppressants XE Kit for the quantification of tacrolimus in liver and kidney transplant patients and of everolimus. Waters also showcased a number of customers’ scientific posters that covered topics such as tandem mass spectrometry and new technology solutions for increasing clinical laboratory efficiencies. The company sponsored two scientific workshops designed to further the education of laboratory technicians, scientists, and chemists in charge of developing, implementing, and maintaining robust clinical assays. Each workshop featured presentations from industry experts in the clinical chemistry field.

Beckman Coulter Debuts High-Throughput Lab Solutions

Visitors to Beckman Coulter’s booth were treated to a preview of the company’s newest automated diagnostic instruments, software solutions, and diagnostic assays. Beckman’s portfolio of new products included the AU58101 and AU58201 Chemistry Systems, designed for high to ultra-high volume commercial and core hospital laboratories, and the DxLab Workflow Manager2, a workflow and data manager for clinical labs. The company hosted and sponsored more than 30 workshops and presentations, which featured current laboratory trends and methods to boost productivity and improve workflow efficiency. Visitors also heard John Anderson, advocate and author of “Stand By Her: A Breast Cancer Guide for Men,” give an in-booth keynote speech about the laboratory’s role in the doctor/patient relationship. 

Sysmex America Fosters Innovation

Sysmex America debuted its new line of expanded software products for clinical labs. Sysmex’s new products included WAM middleware and the Medica EasyCell assistant Automated Cell Imaging Analyzer, both of which took center stage at the company’s booth. The Sysmex WAM Select is a streamlined hematology solution for clinical labs. The Medica EasyCell assistant Automated Cell Imaging Analyzer allows smaller clinical labs to achieve greater detection and examination of abnormal cells while providing more detailed imaging records compared to other, more traditional manual methods. Visitors also got the chance to check out Sysmex’s hematology portfolio and speak with Sysmex associates from the U.S., Canada, and Latin America about the company’s latest offerings for clinical labs.

Thermo Fisher Scientific Seeks to Improve Lab Workflow

Thermo Fisher Scientific featured a wide range of clinical research methods and diagnostic testing solutions for clinical labs intended to boost productivity and improve the management of laboratory workflow. The company’s booth served as a platform to highlight their newest menu of assays and analyzers for laboratory testing. Visitors got the opportunity to preview the firm’s latest diagnostic offerings including automated sample handling, innovative sample analysis, data management, and storage solutions. Thermo Fisher Scientific also launched a new informatics solution to help clinical labs serving the translational and personalized medicine fields. The Thermo Scientific Clinical LIMS (laboratory information management system) is a fully functional data and sample management system designed to help manage laboratory workflow.

Abbott Shines Spotlight on Clinical Lab Hot Topics

Abbott’s booth featured a variety of educational opportunities designed to enhance attendees’ knowledge of current issues and topics affecting clinical labs. The company sponsored four scientific industry workshops covering hot topics such as advances in HIV diagnostics, current challenges in transplantation and immunosuppressive drug monitoring, vitamin D diagnostics, and laboratory informatics solutions. Abbott also presented 26 scientific posters, which featured a wide range of subject matters affecting clinical labs. These posters covered cancer, clinical chemistry, and transplants. Prominent leaders in laboratory medicine were also on hand to give lectures on current clinical lab issues. In addition, visitors viewed product demos, which captured everything from immunochemistry to Abbott diabetes care and point-of-care.