Roche announced today that it will be showcasing new solutions for lab innovation and leadership at the 22nd IFCC–EFLM European Congress of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicines (EuroMedLab) in Athens, Greece, 11–15 June.
The congress will offer the opportunity to experience first-hand Roche’s latest technological advancements in diagnostics technology and solutions, including the Roche Integrated Core Lab (ICL).
“At Roche we strive to deliver high-quality solutions and services across healthcare settings for the benefit of providers and patients,” said Jean-Claude Gottraux, Head of Centralized and Point of Care Solutions. “Our technologies continue to inform swift and clinically-validated decision making, enabling patients to receive the right intervention at the right time across the globe.”
Automation and connectivity for unprecedented efficiency
Roche will be showcasing its Integrated Core Lab, a new approach and response to an increasingly complex and challenging healthcare environment. The enterprise-wide connectivity and best-in-class technology help laboratories to compete in a demanding market —generating unprecedented efficiency, extending quality and improving control for a greater impact on patient care.
For the first time, the next generation of the cobas analytical clinical chemistry and immunochemistry platform, can be viewed, along with the newly launched cobas m 511 and cobas t 711 integrated hematology and coagulation analyzers.
The cobas t 711 will be launched at the end of 2017 offering innovative features, including improved processing power and increased walkaway time for the mid- to high-volume coagulation laboratories. It will be connected to the cobas connection modules (CCM). Some of its main features include connectivity, automated reagent reconstitution, and optimized reagent and sample management, which will provide laboratories with improved workflow and operating efficiency.
The cobas m 511 enables patients to benefit from faster results for the accurate diagnosis of blood diseases, as diverse as anemia and leukemia1. Significantly, the cobas m 511 requires only small sample volumes, so the blood requirements from vulnerable groups such as the elderly, intensive care patients and neonates are greatly reduced.
Attendees can also learn how Roche is leading the way with full automation and integration of Molecular Diagnostics providing laboratories with improved operating efficiency and the flexibility to adapt to the changing demands of diagnostic testing. For example, the cobas 6800 and cobas 8800 systems offer the fastest turnaround times for high-throughput laboratories and the longest walk-away times among automated molecular platforms.2 In addition the cobas CT/NG for use on the cobas® 6800/8800 System provides laboratories with the highest throughput solution for the testing of CT/NG on the market.
Providing fast answers to patients’ most pressing questions
“We offer sophisticated testing solutions that allow doctors to make the very best decision for the patient,” said Jean-Jacques Palombo, Senior Vice President at Roche. “Our newly launched fertility companion diagnostic, Elecsys® AMH Plus, delivers results which aid more efficient and more targeted clinical decisions, linked to a woman’s personal biology. That means less anxiety for the woman, and better medical decisions made by the doctor.”
Roche will share the importance of diagnostics in:
- Women’s health with the first companion diagnostic to be approved in fertility (AMH plus) and the pre-eclampsia ratio (sFlt-1/PlGF)
- Alzheimer’s disease and the need for improved diagnostic tools
- Cardiac assays including NT-proBNP and the novel marker GDF-15,and how these tests can improve decision making in cardiovascular disease and thereby improve patients’ lives
Highlights of Roche Diagnostics at EuroMedLab:
During the entirety of the exhibition, Roche will be sharing its booth with Coeur pour Tous (Hearts for All) a charity offering vital access to heart surgery, particularly to children in need. Attendees are invited to show support by having their photo taken and posting it onto the booth’s digital wall. For every photograph taken Roche will donate €10 to the charity.
Monday 12 June
14:30–15:30 EduW5: Digital Diagnostics – decision support from lab to bedside
Dr. Ralph Schimmer, CMO and Global Head of Medical & Scientific Affairs, Centralized and Point of Care Solutions, Roche Diagnostics, Rotkreuz, will chair a session including a look at current digital healthcare innovations and the challenges of digitized health information in the 21st century.
15:45-16:45 EduW9: Laboratory’s role in enhancing clinical decision making for cardiac and pregnancy care
Prof. Gerasimos Filippatos, Athens University Hospital Attikon, Greece and Prof. Damien Gruson, Brussels, Belgium, will co-chair a dynamic session looking at natriuretic peptides in the era of ARNI drugs, the novel biomarker GDF-15 and the ABC bleeding risk score for patients with atrial fibrillation, as well as advancements in diagnosing and predicting pre-eclampsia through angiogenic markers.
Tuesday 13 June
14:30–15:30 EduW21: Using cell-free DNA as basis for clinical applications
Prof Konstantinos Syrigos, Medicine & Medical Oncology, Athens School of Medicine, Greece, will lead a session covering cell-free DNA testing for fetal aneuploidy and NGS-based testing of liquid biopsy samples in lung cancer.
15:45-16:45 EduW22: New approaches in diagnosis and management of sexually transmitted diseases and emerging infections
Prof Marco Cusini, Fondazione IRCCS, Ca' Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico Milan, Italy, will chair a session around HIV 4th-generation screening tests, syphilis diagnosis and the Zika virus.