Delivering Enhanced Computational Capabilities for the Interrogation of
TARRYTOWN, N.Y., Oct. 24 /CNW/ -- Siemens Medical Solutions Diagnostics
(www.siemens.com/diagnostics) today announced that the TRUGENE(R) HIV-1
Genotyping Kit and OpenGene DNA Sequencing System are now supported by the
Apple iMac OSX operating system. The TRUGENE iMac OSX-based system provides an
integrated computational system that delivers enhanced data management,
simplified system configuration and networking support as well as increased
flexibility and throughput for laboratories that provide genotype and gene
sequence information. The system is available in Europe, Asia- Pacific,
Canada, South America and Latin America as a CE marked product.
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"The TRUGENE iMac OSX-based system enables laboratories to increase
throughput and flexibility during the interrogation and monitoring of HIV-1,"
said David Okrongly, senior vice president and head of Molecular Diagnostics,
Siemens Medical Solutions Diagnostics. "Siemens is committed to delivering
proven and clinically validated sequencing solutions for our molecular
diagnostics customers that enables physicians to personalize patient therapy."
The product is an integrated solution consisting of hardware, software
and chemistry for the identification of clinically relevant resistance
mutations in HIV which is now enhanced by the iMac OSX-based system. Users
will experience improved efficiency with the new OpenGene 4.0 software as well
as better data management and simplified networking capabilities.
With the TRUGENE iMac OSX-based system, laboratorians will achieve
enhanced flexibility, increased data storage options, ability to customize
reporting formats, expanded print options and faster sequencing capabilities.
One OSX-based system enables laboratories to run up to eight long-read towers
(automated DNA sequencers).
The new OpenGene 4.0 software provides users with ease-of-use including
integrated help functions, intuitive menu-driven operations and a user-
friendly interface which facilitates a rapid transition with minimal re-
training. Software capabilities include: fully automated data analysis via bi-
directional sequence confirmation, detection of primary and secondary
mutations, insertions/deletions and comparison of sequences to a database with
known mutations. Users can also integrate archived information from the
current OpenStep systems.
About Siemens Medical Solutions Diagnostics
Siemens Medical Solutions Diagnostics offers a broad portfolio of
performance-driven diagnostic solutions that assist in the diagnosis,
monitoring and management of disease. The company's products and services
bring together the right balance of science, technology, and practicality
across the healthcare continuum to empower medical professionals with the
vital information they need to deliver better, more personalized healthcare to
patients around the globe. Visit www.siemens.com/diagnostics.
About Siemens Medical Solutions
Siemens Medical Solutions of Siemens AG (NYSE: SI) is one of the world's
largest suppliers to the healthcare industry. The company is known for
bringing together innovative medical technologies, healthcare information
systems, management consulting, and support services, to help customers
achieve tangible, sustainable, clinical and financial outcomes. Recent
acquisitions in the area of in-vitro diagnostics - such as Diagnostic Products
Corporation and Bayer Diagnostics - mark a significant milestone for Siemens
as it becomes the first full service diagnostics company. Employing more than
41,000 people worldwide and operating in over 130 countries, Siemens Medical
Solutions reported sales of 8.23 billion EUR, orders of 9.33 billion EUR and
group profit of 1.06 billion EUR for fiscal 2006 (Sept. 30). Further
information can be found by visiting www.usa.siemens.com/medical-pressroom.
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