Published February 21, 2012
Volume 20, Number 2

  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared a new Roche test that detects chlamydia and gonorrhea.  A polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based assay which detects genetic material of the infectious agents, the test offers excellent sensitivity and high specificity and runs on the company’s automated cobas 4800 System, complementing the cobas HPV (Human Papillomavirus) Test that received FDA approval in April.  

    “This new test will give labs in the U.S. an efficient solution for offering clinicians chlamydia and gonorrhea screening using the preferred specimen types,” says Paul Brown, head of Roche Molecular Diagnostics. “Since it received CE mark in 2009, the test has been very well received by labs outside the U.S. and we are pleased to be able to offer it to the U.S. market.”
  • KYTHERA Biopharmaceuticals is the latest company to begin using Veeva Vault, the pioneering content management platform for the life sciences industry created by Hacienda’s Veeva Systems. The Vault Platform uses the latest cloud-based technology to provide users and administrators with a scalable, simple-to-use and simple-to-administer system. As a content management repository for KYTHERA’s regulated documents, Vault allows KYTHERA employees to easily find, manage and share a rapidly growing set of information with both internal and external teams.  

    “Given our business model, KYTHERA’s continued success is contingent on our ability to anticipate and manage exponentially growing, business-wide content,” said Jeff Webster, vice president, Operations at KYTHERA. “Having outgrown a server-based approach, we looked for a company-wide solution that could effectively serve diverse masters across the business — Regulatory, CMC, Clinical, Sales and Marketing, HR, Finance and Legal — with different requirements for user knowledge, compliance and security. Vault was the right solution for us.”
  • Xerox has launched the Xerox 7600i, a compact flatbed scanner that features Visioneer’s OneTouch scanning, a technology from the Hacienda company that allows users to complete their scans by touching just one button. The compact device is priced at $99.99. 

    “Small office, work-from-home professionals and students will love the low price, the portability, and the quality results of the Xerox 7600i. It is an ideal scanning solution for anyone who needs a fast, flatbed scanner and outstanding software to help them be more productive,” said Bob Scaglia, senior vice president of sales for Visioneer. “Weighing just 3.3 pounds, measuring less than 1.5 inches tall, and powered solely by the USB port, the Xerox 7600i is a truly portable scanner.”

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