IDEXX: IDEXX Catalyst SDMA Test available in N. America on January 16
IDEXX Laboratories announced that the IDEXX Catalyst SDMA Test will be commercially available to all North American customers on January 16, enabling IDEXX's point-of-care customers to add SDMA as an essential element of the routine chemistry panel. As part of IDEXX's launch ramp of this advanced kidney test for the point of care, more than 2,731 preorders for the 12-test box of the Catalyst SDMA Test have already been shipped to IDEXX customers, and another 1,762 existing preorders are expected to be shipped this week. The Catalyst SDMA Test has been in use in hundreds of practices across the United States since December, advancing veterinary healthcare and patient outcomes. The Catalyst SDMA Test can be added to any chemistry panel on IDEXX's Catalyst One and Catalyst Dx chemistry analyzers as part of the patient sample run, with the full chemistry panel results, including SDMA, available within minutes. IDEXX expects to bring the Catalyst SDMA Test to customers beyond the U.S. and Canada over the course of the next several months. There are currently more than 28,000 Catalyst One and Catalyst Dx analyzers in use in veterinary practices worldwide. Additionally, to further explore SDMA's potential applications to human health, IDEXX has signed a collaboration agreement with Yale University. As part of this partnership with a world-leading human nephrology research organization, the IDEXX SDMA Test was validated for accuracy in measuring SDMA in human blood samples, and the results were presented at the 2017 annual meeting of the American Society of Nephrology last November by Yale and IDEXX researchers. Future research with Yale will focus on the clinical utility of SDMA in human patients using the validated IDEXX SDMA Test.