Beckman Coulter Diagnostics Expands Chemistry Menu to include FDA-cleared Procalcitonin (PCT)

Automated chemistry assay enables detection of life-threatening bacterial infections and sepsis

BREA, Calif. — (June 21, 2017) — Beckman Coulter Diagnostics along with partner Diazyme Laboratories announces FDA clearance of a new procalcitonin (PCT) assay, an important tool for the management of bacterial infections and sepsis.

Sepsis is the leading cause of death in U.S. hospitals, according to the Sepsis Alliance. More than 1.6 million people in the U.S. are diagnosed with sepsis annually. Sepsis is the number one cost of hospitalization in the U.S. consuming more than $24 billion each year as well as ranking as the top cause for readmissions to the hospital.

"Fast diagnosis and treatment are critical for patients who have become septic,” said Mike Samoszuk, M.D., vice president and chief medical officer at Beckman Coulter Diagnostics. “Adding PCT to our chemistry menu offers a tool for managing bacterial infections and sepsis, which should, inform the course and prognosis of the disease and facilitate therapeutic decisions. This addition is a result of our commitment to providing disease-state-management solutions.”

This assay is the first homogenous PCT assay for use on current Beckman Coulter AU model chemistry analyzers eliminating the need for costly dedicated instrumentation. The assay features a latex-enhanced immunoturbidimetric methodology, which uses multiple monoclonal antibodies for enhanced assay sensitivity and specificity. The high-quality, fully automated PCT assay is available for use with Beckman Coulter AU analyzers, models 480, 680 and 5800.

"Healthcare providers face challenges in timely diagnosis of bacterial infections and sepsis," said Jack Zakowski, PhD, FACB, director, scientific affairs at Beckman Coulter. "Our AU analyzers are known for high performance, speed and accuracy. Combining our chemistry systems with this PCT assay results in fast turnaround times, and enables rapid assessment of patients in these critical situations."

Beckman Coulter has partnered with Diazyme Laboratories to distribute the PCT assay to ensure delivery of the broadest range of solutions for clinical laboratories. Diazyme Laboratories is a cGMP and ISO 13485 certified medical device manufacturer, utilizing proprietary enzyme and immunoassay technologies to develop diagnostic reagents in user-friendly formats.

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