Moving mass spec into the clinical lab

Mass spectrometry has been applied in advanced clinical research and drug discovery and development. Continual innovations have created capabilities to address complex analytical challenges qualitatively and quantitatively with unparalleled speed, sensitivity and accuracy

The equipment is designed to help diagnose vitamin D deficiencies
The equipment is designed to help diagnose vitamin D deficiencies

A specialist in analytical technologies, the company introduced the 3200 MD system, the first of a family of in vitro diagnostic devices to identify inorganic or organic compounds in human specimens for clinical use – and now the firm is introducing to Europe a series of reagent kits to harness this advanced technology for routine clinical applications.

‘The lead test in the Sciex IVD-MS portfolio is focused on vitamin D analysis. This kit is designed to help clinicians make diagnoses of vitamin D deficiencies, with the ability to quantitate both 25-0H-Vitamin 02 and 25-0H-Vitamin 03 in a single run,’ AB Sciex points out. ‘Adequate levels of vitamin D have been known for decades to be essential for strong bones. Recent research has linked vitamin D to be important in the prevention of multiple common and serious diseases, such as type 1 diabetes, cancer and heart disease.’

Rainer Blair, President of AB Sciex: ‘With the new family of Sciex IVD-MS reagent kits, coupled with our 3200MD CE-IVD instrumentation, we can provide complete solutions to European hospitals and clinical laboratories to improve diagnostics.’

The new Sciex IVD-MS Kits work with the AB Sciex 3200MD CE-IVD series of MS systems, including the API 3200MD and 3200MD Q-TRAP LC/MS/MS systems, recently launched in Europe. ‘The 3200MD systems are sensitive and specific for the analytes most commonly requested in screening programmes, routine testing and research projects in a number of key areas of clinical diagnostics,’ the firm explains, adding: ‘Designed as compact bench top systems, the instruments are robust, easy-to-use tools that are rugged enough for continuous high-throughput operation. Intuitive software and a full complement of automation features enable these systems to fit seamlessly into the workflows of any clinical diagnostic laboratory.’
 

26.08.2013

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