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Renishaw Diagnostics’ first assay, Fungiplex, is a CE-IVD certified test designed for use on the RenDx Multiplex Assay System, an automation and detection platform that allows processing of up to 45 samples in a single run. The assay identifies 12 Candida and Aspergillus species using a unique detection technology known as surface enhanced resonance Raman spectroscopy (SERRS). 


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RenDx SP-2000 User

Invasive Fungal Disease (IFD) is an emerging global health problem associated with high mortality rates in severely immunocompromised patients. The most common causative agents of this disease have been identified as Candida and Aspergillus species, between them accounting for nearly 90 per cent of all reported IFD.

These infections are difficult and time-consuming to diagnose, so at-risk patients are often administered a course of expensive and potentially toxic prophylactic anti-fungal drugs. 

But the launch of a new, rapid PCR-based test for the detection of Candida and Aspergillus DNA extracted from blood samples, could make diagnosis quicker and more accurate, reducing the need for anti-fungal therapy for most patients. 

Rupert Jones, general manager of Renishaw Diagnostics, said: ‘The CE-IVD launch of our RenDx platform and first assay marks a significant milestone for infectious disease diagnostics throughout Europe.

‘The extensive target menu for the Fungiplex assay, together with the high sensitivity that can be achieved through our exceptional detection technology, has the potential to aid earlier diagnosis, reduce overall spend and improve patient outcomes for those susceptible to these life-threatening infections.’

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A world leader in engineering technologies, Renishaw’s core skills in measurement and precision machining serve sectors as diverse as dimensional metrology, spectroscopy, machine calibration, motion control, dentistry and surgical robotics.

A world leader in engineering technologies, Renishaw’s core skills in measurement and precision machining serve sectors as diverse as dimensional metrology, spectroscopy, machine calibration, motion control, dentistry and surgical robotics.

Sensors for co-ordinate measuring machines (CMMs) are an industry standard, from basic touch-trigger probes through to automated stylus and probe changers, motorised indexing probe heads, and revolutionary five-axis measurement systems.

Machine probes for CNC machine tools allow automated tool setting, workpiece set-up, in-cycle gauging and part inspection. Products include laser tool setters, contact tool setters, tool breakage detectors, touch probes and high accuracy inspection probes.

For motion control, Renishaw supplies laser encoders, optical linear encoders, optical angle encoders, optical rotary encoders, magnetic rotary encoders, magnetic chip encoders and magnetic linear encoders.

To analyse the static and dynamic performance of position-critical motion systems, Renishaw’s laser interferometer and environmental compensation system offers a linear measurement accuracy of 0.5 ppm, readings of up to 50 kHz and a linear measurement speed of up to 4 m/s, with a linear resolution of 1nm.

Renishaw’s Raman spectroscopy products exploit the Raman effect to identify and characterise the chemistry and structure of materials. A diverse range of analytical applications include pharmaceutical, forensic science, nanotechnology, biomedical and semiconductors.

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