Siemens to Showcase Microbiology Portfolio and Affiliated Solutions at ASM 2012

13 Jun 2012
Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics is to showcase its broad microbiology testing portfolio and affiliated solutions at the 112th American Society for Microbiology (ASM) General Meeting, San Francisco, June 17 – 19, 2012 (Booth #701). The exhibit — “Workflow Efficiency. Powered by Innovation.” — highlights the latest technologies from Siemens and partners, Copan and Bruker, that help today’s busy microbiology laboratories address their most challenging needs.

Exhibited solutions include Copan’s WASP® (Walk-Away Specimen Processor), based on a strategic Siemens-Copan partnership formed in 2011. Specifically supporting pre-analytical workflow needs, the WASP enables laboratories to take advantage of fully automated bacteriology specimen processing. Individualized sample management, utilizing familiar streaking patterns, standardizes workflow processes and optimizes specimen set-up activities to free up staff resources. The enhanced functionality offered through the WASP complements analytical workflow features already available within the Siemens MicroScan® portfolio.

Bruker’s MALDI Biotyper is also featured in Siemens’ ASM booth, resulting from a strategic alliance established last year between the two companies. Providing fast, highly cost-effective molecular microorganism identification using MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry for proteomic fingerprinting, the MALDI Biotyper includes outstanding accuracy and sensitivity to meet a wide variety of laboratory demands. When combined with MicroScan’s long history of superior, direct MIC testing accuracy, Bruker’s next-generation technology offers Siemens’ microbiology customers broader testing capabilities to support evolving clinical and process challenges. Plus, Siemens’ new LabPro-MBT¹ software, also on display, seamlessly integrates MALDI Biotyper processing with MicroScan panel results to simplify mass spectrometry ID workflow.

The booth also showcases the LabPro Connect networking software – the latest expansion to Siemens’ MicroScan LabPro Information Management System, providing effective management of microbiology test results by consolidating databases for multiple testing systems and aggregating LabPro ID/AST data to bench and laboratory office computers.

Attendees can also view the Siemens Tissue Preparation Solution (TPS), the first fully automated method for extracting DNA and RNA from formalin-fixed, paraffin embedded (FFPE) tissue samples. The combination of an automated system and complete reagent kit that includes the ability to run three separate protocols provides pathologists with the ability to improve turnaround time, thereby impacting treatment decisions.

Unique education and training opportunities are available to attendees, including several in-booth theater presentations and an interactive Learning Center for Siemens’ full spectrum of microbiology solutions.

Additionally, visitors can receive a demonstration on Siemens’ Personalized Education Plan (PEP) and PEP Administrator—an industry-first software program providing standardized, virtual competency-based education to advance staff development and improve productivity.

“As laboratories remain focused on delivering fast and accurate test results that aid in the diagnosis and treatment of critical illnesses, we continue to provide our customers with innovative products that help them achieve this goal,” said Christoph Gauer, CEO, Molecular/Microbiology Business Segment, Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics. “Siemens’ presence at ASM 2012 reconfirms our strong footprint in advanced microbiology testing innovations and highlights our strong progress in broadening our portfolio across the entire testing cycle.”

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Sonia Nicholas
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