Abbott's clinical lab automation solution gets FDA approval

A new automation system from Abbott, designed to improve workflows in clinical lab settings, has been granted FDA approval.

The system, GLP systems Track, uses a self-propelled carrier system that allows lab samples to "move independently, not attached to rigid, fixed mechanized track systems," according to the release, which in turn cuts mechanical errors and ensures continuity of the system.

It is said to be the first solution of its kind available for clinical laboratories. Those that do adopt the solution can tailor the technology to fit the specific needs of their lab as well, allowing them to scale and increase output.

"Across different care settings, this automation system can handle a high number of test tubes each day, up to 25,000, improving turnaround time of test results for patients," the release states. "It also can help reduce operational costs and eliminate manual errors."

While the FDA has approved GLP systems Track for clinical settings, the solution is not approved for use in blood donor and plasma testing laboratories.

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