Respiratory Virus Panel from GenMark Diagnostics Receives FDA Clearance

19 Sep 2012
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GenMark Diagnostics, Inc., a provider of automated, multiplex molecular diagnostic testing systems, has announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its eSensor® Respiratory Virus Panel for use on its XT-8 system.

The test is intended to simultaneously detect and differentiate 14 clinically relevant viruses from patients with influenza-like illness. The eSensor® RVP test has the potential to significantly improve patient care by delivering superior co-infection detection, distinguishing Rhinovirus from Enteroviruses and identifying clinically relevant Adenoviruses.

Compared to other multiplex respiratory viral panels, the eSensor® RVP test delivers superior sensitivity and laboratory efficiency. With rapid processing and minimal hands-on time required from laboratory staff, GenMark’s eSensor® RVP test enables clinical laboratories to rapidly report actionable patient results to physicians, while efficiently managing the fluctuating testing workload associated with this seasonal illness.

“The FDA clearance of our eSensor® Respiratory Virus Panel test further demonstrates the capability of our uniquely differentiated electronic detection technology,” commented Hany Massarany, GenMark’s President and CEO. “The FDA review process, which was both collaborative and thorough, resulted in a 510(k) clearance which supports performance claims that we believe will meet customer needs and expectations, especially with regard to specificity, sensitivity and limits of detection,” Mr. Massarany continued.

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