July 28, 2021
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Antonino Morales and Linda Rubinstein have been added to Biocept's board of directors. Director Samuel Riccitelli has also been tapped to serve as the company's chairman of the board.
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Otsuka America Pharmaceutical's North American BreathTek business has been bought by Meridian Bioscience in a deal worth $20 million. Meridian Bioscience will assume customer relationships to supply BreathTek, a urea breath test used to detect Helicobacter pylori.
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The Rapid Test Kit Intelligent System, a diagnostic system that allows for fast at-home COVID-19 testing, has been released by DOC2US.
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Equip your lab to handle the opioids crisis
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Policy Briefs
EU antitrust regulators said they have opened an investigation to determine whether the $8 billion cash and stock acquisition of cancer test startup Grail by Illumina will reduce innovation and competition. Meanwhile, the US Federal Trade Commission is attempting to block the deal.
Full Story: Reuters (7/22) 
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The next health care crisis?
While the COVID-19 pandemic ushered in a global care crisis, it was also creating a perfect storm for the next health care crisis - an increase in opioid abuse. Health care professionals across the industry must be prepared for this next health care crisis, and they need to be able to identify and care for the vulnerable patients affected. Join mental health experts and health care professionals in this webinar.
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Practice Briefs
The FDA has given emergency use authorization to Ortho Clinical Diagnostics for its Vitros Immunodiagnostic Products Anti-SARS-CoV-2 Total N Reagent Pack that is used with its Vitros Immunodiagnostic Products Anti-SARS-CoV-2 Total N Antibody Calibrators to detect total antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 in plasma and serum.
Full Story: 360Dx (tiered subscription model) (7/26) 
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The FDA has given marketing clearance to First Light Diagnostics for its SensiTox C. difficile Toxin Test and its MultiPath Analyzer that can deliver results within 35 minutes.
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Business/Corporate Briefs
Abbott generated $10.2 billion in sales and $1.2 billion in profits during its fiscal second quarter, which ended June 30. "Excluding COVID testing-related sales, our sales grew more than 11 percent on an organic basis compared to pre-pandemic levels in the second quarter of 2019, which demonstrates the fundamental strength of our performance," said Robert Ford, Abbott's CEO and president.
Full Story: MassDevice (Boston) (7/22) 
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Danaher generated $7.2 billion in sales and $1.7 billion in profits during its fiscal second quarter, which ended July 2. "We continued to make significant growth investments during the quarter, strengthening our organic growth trajectory and enhancing our portfolio with the announcement of our pending acquisition of Aldevron," said Rainer Blair, president and CEO of Danaher.
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