• Gene Security Network (GSN; Redwood City, California) reported the birth of the first babies to be born following the use of GSN's 24 Chromosome Aneuploidy Screening test with Parental Support. The test allows In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) physicians to identify embryos with normal chromosome make-up prior to transfer to the uterus. GSN's Parental Support technology is the leverages data informatics to deliver highly accurate single cell testing for chromosome abnormalities and genetic diseases. Parental Support uses genetic information from the parents, as well as HapMap data from the Human Genome Project, to clarify the typically noisy measurements from a single cell and to generate an in silico reconstruction of the cell's genotype.

Masimo (Irvine, California) reported FDA clearance for its new Rainbow Resposable Sensor System. The new sensor system provides continuous and noninvasive measurements of hemoglobin (SpHb), oxygen content (SpOC), PVI for fluid responsiveness, and methemoglobin (SpMet), in addition to oxygen saturation (SpO2), perfusion index, and pulse rate – at savings of about 50% compared to the existing single patient use adhesive Rainbow sensor. "The Masimo Rainbow Resposable Sensor System is based on more than ten years of research and development stemming from the feedback of hundreds of clinicians who told us what they wanted most in a sensor – less waste and more value with superior performance," said Masimo Founder and CEO, Joe Kiani.

• Media Cybernetics (Bethesda, Maryland) reported the release of Image-Pro Plus Version 7.0, image processing and analysis software package. Image-Pro Plus v.7.0 includes microscope and stage automation tools which were previously available only as add-ons. Users can control their microscope stages in any X, Y, or Z direction and control motorized filter wheels, shutters, filter sliders, and lamp settings. Automation speeds have also been accelerated for the following microscopy hardware: Prior ProScan Controllers; Olympus Microscope Stands (BX-61 and IX-81); Sutter Lambda 10-3; and Ludl MAC.

• Ortho Clinical Diagnostics (Raritan, New Jersey) reported the launch of its Remote Monitoring Center, a command center in the in vitro diagnostic industry that continuously tracks the condition of laboratory instrument performance. The Remote Monitoring Center uses e-Connectivity technology to continuously track a steady stream of data sent by the instrument on its performance. This broadband Internet connection allows Ortho Clinical Diagnostics technical support specialists and engineers to perform remote system analysis, as well as monitor, review and upgrade system configuration, data and performance information. This remote diagnostic capability also allows Ortho Clinical Diagnostics technical specialists and engineers to diagnose issues remotely and, when required, schedule service at a customer's convenience, allowing laboratories to optimize instrument uptime.