Top News Stories of 2015Block Scientific is a leading provider of quality lab equipment worldwide. As 2015 comes to a close, it is time to review our top influential posts of this year. Our posts aim at keeping lab professionals up-to-date with the latest changes in the clinical diagnostics industry and make them aware of the arrival of new tests and products that could improve lab performance.

Here’s a look at Block Scientific’s top news stories of 2015!

Olympus AU400 for Drug of Abuse Testing

With the rapid expansion in the scope of drug of abuse testing, the Olympus AU400 chemistry analyzer is helping labs with fast, accurate and consistent drug test results. The device uses a spot photometry technology, which has a proven performance for high precision and features enhanced operational comfort and versatile functions. For this analyzer, most laboratories use CEDIA drug of abuse testing reagents and DRI multi-level controls from Thermo Scientific, such as – Thermo Kit Buprenorphine MCC, Thermo Kit PAR TDM L3 MAS and Thermo Kit THC 100mL.

Block Scientific Attended MEDICA 2015

We attended MEDICA 2015, held from November 16-19 in Dusseldorf, Germany. This is the world’s largest annual trade fair. This year, around 4,800 exhibitors from 70 nations showcased a comprehensive range of new lab products, services and processes for inpatient and outpatient care. Customers were provided with opportunities to meet our representatives at the fair.

Point-of-care Analyzers for Rapid Results and On-time Treatment

Ideal for the management of multiple chronic conditions, POC devices also play a role in improving the usage of antimicrobials to better treat infections. Handheld as well as bench-top point-of-care analyzers are available that differ with sample size needed and how quickly the tests are run. Rapid diagnostic tests will improve patient treatment by getting the right drug to the right patient quickly. Current point-of-care devices are user friendly with features such as on-screen instructions that promote ease of use and disposable test cartridges.

Global Point-of-Care Diagnostics Market Analysis

With the increase in demand for point-of-care testing, several reports highlighted the growth of this market in the coming years. A report published by Grand View Research, Inc. estimates that the global point-of-care diagnostics market is anticipated to reach USD 18.7 billion by 2020. Factors that contribute to the growth of this market are – the rising prevalence of chronic disorders and infectious diseases, introduction of advanced diagnostic techniques, growing developments in the field of decentralized diagnosis and supportive reimbursement policies.

As in years gone, along with offering a range of new and reconditioned lab products to a large section of clients in the medical and healthcare industry, Block Scientific will also assist its clients with up-to-date information and trends in the field in the year 2016.

Happy 2016!