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Automated instrument for blood culture

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Omnica partnered with bioMerieux’s marketing and engineering teams in developing this entry to their Lab of the Future with contributions to basic functionality, user experience, Industrial Design and prototyping. Their introduction announcement follows:

Get ready for a new dimension in blood culture detection: the BACT/ALERT® VIRTUO® is seamlessly efficient blood culture technology in one automated system.

  • Motion-activated “Set and Forget” loading
  • Advanced robotics provides hands free bottle loading and unloading
  • Flexible and scalable instrumentation adapts to any size laboratory
  • VIRTUO® helps you redesign your workflow by reducing hands on time and increasing efficiency

BACT/ALERT® VIRTUO® ushers in a new dimension of blood culture detection. Almost endlessly versatile it fits into any size lab, even outside the routine microbiology lab. The latest example of ingenuity in automation, VIRTUO™ reduces hands-on time for increased lab efficiency. These benefits can be further boosted through highly sophisticated MYLA® software that puts relevant information from multiple instruments and your LIS at your fingertips, when and where you need it. In these ways and more, BACT/ALERT® VIRTUO® seamlessly integrates your blood culture workflow to provide efficient and actionable results to help you achieve better patient outcomes.

Thermo Fisher VeriSpray

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Day after day, analytical testing laboratories face considerable challenges due to backlogs of time-critical samples, rising per-sample costs, availability of skilled laboratory technicians, and chromatography maintenance and downtime. The Thermo Scientific™ VeriSpray™ PaperSpray ion source uniquely addresses these concerns. Combine the VeriSpray ion source with next-generation Thermo Scientific™ mass spectrometers to reduce time to results and cost per test with automated, high-throughput, direct mass spectrometry (MS)-based sample analysis. The VeriSpray ion source allows use of “dilute and shoot” methods to minimize solvent consumption and time-consuming sample preparation steps like derivatization, while avoiding needs for expert operators and instrument downtime. For laboratories currently performing LC or GC methods, or for those that want to add the robust sensitivity and selectivity of MS-based tests, the VeriSpray ion source provides an ideal alternative to the complexity of chromatography-based solutions.