Automated technology increases efficiencies and lowers total cost of ownership for laboratories
ITHACA, N.Y. — Rheonix Inc., a developer of fully automated molecular testing solutions, will highlight its research-use-only Encompass Optimum™ workstation at the 68th American Association of Clinical Chemistry (AACC) Annual Scientific Meeting and Clinical Lab Expo on July 31-Aug. 4 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The workstation performs fully automated, complex molecular assays in an easy-to-use and economical format, addressing workflow and staffing obstacles that research laboratories are facing today.
“Laboratory managers continue to face staffing challenges and resource limitations, and they are in need of solutions that can help improve efficiencies while still ensuring accurate results,” said Steve Pemberton, vice president of sales and marketing at Rheonix. “The Rheonix automated Encompass Optimum workstation makes this a reality by simplifying the analytical process, which streamlines workflows for lab technicians and lowers the total cost of ownership for the lab. Over time, the versatility of this technology will also enable new and exciting applications that have an impact in other market areas.”
The Encompass Optimum workstation, when integrated with a Rheonix Chemistry and Reagent Device cartridge, or Rheonix CARD® cartridge, is designed for building and implementing molecular assays with automated workflow. It can dramatically decrease the complexities of creating user-defined testing while increasing efficiency and accuracy. This technology delivers:
- Automation – several biological samples can run concurrently through a fully integrated molecular analysis with no user intervention due to automatic manipulation of the network of microfluidic pumps moving fluids through the cartridge’s channels
- Ease of Use – users can create their own sample-to-answer fully automated, complex molecular assays where only the simple step of loading samples and the consumable cartridge is performed by hand; all sample manipulation and assay steps are performed by the workstation
- Cost Savings – automated technology allows multiple samples to run simultaneously in a shortened timeframe; assay steps are performed within the fully enclosed cartridge while interfaced with the workstation, eliminating contamination, reducing user error and streamlining workflow; increased staff efficiencies result in a lower total cost of ownership for laboratories
- Versatility – users have the flexibility to configure and control all aspects of assay performance with a broad range of sample types; modular architecture allows for rapid development of analytical solutions for the complete spectrum of user needs
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of laboratory technologists and technicians is projected to grow 16 percent by 2024. However, research from The American Society for Clinical Pathology shows that laboratories are faced with many staffing challenges, including hiring difficulties, an aging workforce with staff nearing retirement, and the closure of many training programs that prepared the next generation of qualified professionals.
In addition to the research-use-only capabilities of the Encompass Optimum, Rheonix has successfully completed development and testing of a microfluidic system and assay to simultaneously detect host anti-HIV antibodies and viral RNA in a single specimen of saliva or blood. This development was completed under a National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) grant in collaboration with Dr. Daniel Malamud of New York University College of Dentistry (NYU Dentistry). The company’s findings are outlined in the research article, “A Rapid, Self-confirming Assay for HIV: Simultaneous Detection of Anti-HIV Antibodies and Viral RNA,” in the Journal of AIDS & Clinical Research. This assay is not yet approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for diagnostic use. Rheonix also recently received additional NIDCR funding to collaborate with Dr. Malamud’s lab in the development of a rapid Zika virus diagnostic.
Rheonix is preparing to launch its automated technology in the food and beverage marketplace later this year. The Encompass Optimum workstation is highly adaptable, enabling applications for beer spoilage and food pathogen testing.
The AACC Annual Scientific Meeting and Clinical Lab Expo is the leading event for laboratory medicine worldwide and is where breakthrough innovations in clinical testing and patient care are introduced to the health care world. It provides attendees with the opportunity to learn about vital research, important new developments in laboratory medicine and cutting-edge diagnostic technology.
Attendees are invited to stop by booth 3939 to meet the Rheonix team and learn more about how their microfluidic molecular analytical solutions can be used to improve efficiencies in research laboratories.
For more information on Rheonix, visit www.rheonix.com.
Through experienced leadership and creative vision, Rheonix has developed the Encompass Optimum™ workstation, a highly customizable technology with unmatched versatility and affordability for use in research laboratories. The workstation performs fully automated, complex molecular assays in an easy-to-use and economical format on the Rheonix CARD® cartridge. With both the Rheonix CARD cartridge and Encompass Optimum workstation family of products, Rheonix is well positioned to penetrate key molecular testing market sectors. For more information, visit www.rheonix.com.
About NYU College of Dentistry:
Founded in 1865, New York University College of Dentistry (NYU Dentistry) is the third oldest and the largest, most comprehensive dental education, research, and patient care center in the world, educating more than 8 percent of all dentists. NYU College of Dentistry has a significant global reach with a highly diverse student body. Visit http://dental.nyu.edu for more.
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