The Tomcat instrument streamlines laboratory workflow by providing automated processing of liquid-based cytology samples
BEDFORD, Massachusetts – Hologic, Inc. (NASDAQ: HOLX), announced today it launched its new Tomcat pre-analytical sample processing instrument in Europe. The Tomcat instrument is a CE-IVD marked, fully automated general purpose platform designed to ease the strain of pre-analytical sample processing by eliminating the inefficient and error-prone activities required to manually aliquot samples.
"The full automation of Hologic's Tomcat instrument eases the burden of manual sample transfer steps and helps low- to high-volume laboratories streamline workflow and enhance productivity," said Hilja Ibert, Vice President and General Manager of Hologic's International Diagnostics Solutions. "Adding our Tomcat instrument to the Company's family of molecular testing systems extends our commitment to give customers more freedom and control over their workflow."
The design of Hologic's Tomcat instrument incorporates Lean principles to deliver increased value through automation. The Tomcat instrument performs a full range of sample processing activities for liquid-based cytology samples - from de-capping and capping of sample tubes, to vortexing, aliquoting, incubating, and racking of each sample. The instrument also provides positive barcode matching for each sample as well as reagent addition if desired. By eliminating repetitive manual steps, the Tomcat instrument can help laboratories reduce hands-on time and enhance workflow efficiency while improving the quality of each result.
Featuring a standardized aliquoting process, the Tomcat instrument accommodates multiple sample types concurrently, with the ability to continuously load and unload samples and consumables. The instrument is designed to minimize the risk of cross-contamination, with limited hands-on interactions and an intuitive touchscreen interface.
The Tomcat instrument is the latest addition to Hologic's family of automated molecular testing systems which include: the Panther system, a random and continuous access, fully automated molecular testing platform designed with the flexibility to handle a wide range of testing needs, and the Tigris system, the first fully automated, high-throughput molecular testing system for large laboratories.
For more information about Hologic's molecular diagnostic technology, please visit www.hologic.com
About Hologic, Inc.:
Hologic, Inc. is a leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of premium diagnostic products, medical imaging systems and surgical products, with an emphasis on serving the healthcare needs of women. The Company operates four core business units focused on diagnostics, breast health, GYN surgical and skeletal health. With a comprehensive suite of technologies and a robust research and development program, Hologic is committed to improving lives. The Company is headquartered in Massachusetts.
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