Abacus Diagnostica Ltd announced that it has received the CE mark for the GenomEra™ C. difficile assay for the detection of toxin-producing Clostridium difficile directly from stool samples. C. difficile is the leading cause of infectious nosocomial diarrhea in Europe and North America.
Rapid changes in the epidemiology and increasing incidence have taken the focus on methods to diagnose toxigenic C. difficile faster and more efficiently. Accurate and rapid diagnosis of C. difficile infection is crucial for patient care but also for preventing transmission and reducing the overall disease burden.
The GenomEra C. difficile assay is the newest test of Abacus Diagnostica's expanding line of easy-to-use and cost-efficient molecular diagnostics products. The C. difficile test is extremely simple to perform directly from stool specimen through a straightforward sample preparation process without extraction, heating or centrifugation steps. The assay is built on rapid and reliable target amplification and end-point detection technology that allows for high quality results in 50 minutes.
"Abacus is committed to providing a continuum of diagnostic products for key infectious diseases to meet the needs of various laboratory settings," said Tom Palenius, CEO of Abacus Diagnostica. "Along with our earlier CE marked MRSA/SA assays this PCR test will help to meet the testing and resource challenges of many different types of labs. During next year we will continue to expand our molecular test offering for critical blood stream and perinatal infections."