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“All cancer patients should have their DNA tested to save lives”, Chief Medical Officer says

 

The report from England's chief medical officer Professor Dame Sally Davies details the ambition of NHS England to routinely provide genetic testing for cancer patients within the next five years. Professor Sally Davies wants whole genome sequencing to become as standard as blood tests and biopsies. In about two-thirds of cases, this type of information can improve the diagnosis and allows doctors to tailor treatment to the individual, ensuring patients receive the most effective drugs. At the moment more than 31,000 NHS patients have had their entire genetic code sequenced since 2013. At present there are 25 regional laboratories performing this type of genetic testing.

The drive to make genetic testing available for all cancer patients increases the need for fresh, unfixed material to be available. It is anticipated that there will be a change in tissue specimen collection in the coming years to ensure the availability of viable tissues. Now is a good time to begin planning for this change.

Surgical Specimen Management is the latest approach from Menarini that ensures that all patient samples are managed optimally. Surgical Specimen Management ensures samples are received in the laboratory fresh and uncompromised allowing you to perform genetic and molecular testing on all samples.  

  • TissueSAFE vacuum seals specimens in bags and minimises the use of formalin in theatres.
  • Fresh vacuum-sealed specimens available for DNA/RNA/genetic analysis.

 

If you are considering a services reconfiguration to suit the requirements for genetic analysis, please contact us. We can help you to prepare now for changes in the future.

 If you would like any further information on any of the TOTAL TISSUE DIAGNOSTICS™ solutions, please contact us on: 0118 944 4100 or at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Not Just Conventional Tissue Processing!

Patient Centred Processing is a new approach from Menarini to ensure that all patient samples are handled safely and quickly, to increase laboratory throughput and provide an accurate and fast turnaround time of results to patients.

There is a ‘national ambition in England to achieve earlier diagnosis’ as indicated in a report of the Independent Cancer Taskforce. The recommendation is that 95% of patients referred for testing by a GP should receive their results within 4 weeks by 2020.

Tissue processing accounts for up to a third of the total time in the histology workflow. This is partly due to practices being employed that are based around technology that is more than a century old. It is important that these practices evolve to meet the changing needs of a modern, patient-centred health service.

Menarini are able to achieve this using innovative technology:

  • Rapid decalcification using the Bonestation Decalcification system
  • Rapid & conventional tissue processing using the LOGOS Tissue Processor
  • On-board embedding using the SYNERGY system with the LOGOS

Utilising patient centred processing techniques will enable your laboratory to offer a complete and competitive service. It will also provide clinicians and patients alike an outstanding experience giving them what they need, when they need it.

Please contact us on: 0118 944 4100 or at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to find out what other benefits patient centred processing could offer your department.

Menarini's Seminar Series: Surgical Specimen Management

Menarini’s Seminar Series: Manchester Surgical Specimen Management event 28th of June

 

Menarini Diagnostics has organised the second Surgical Specimen Symposium seminar in 2017. The event was held at the Renaissance Manchester Hotel on Wednesday 28th June. There where ones again around 20-30 attendees from different departments and institutions such as laboratories, tissue banks, operating theatres and Health & Safety.

The seminar focused on the latest technologies and processes developed to minimise exposure to formalin, control fixation of surgical specimens and thus enabling optimal diagnostic reporting. The innovative solutions, TissueSAFE and SealSAFE enable full chain-of-custody specimen tracking already starting in theatres. It also allows fixation to be brought under the control of the histology laboratory and thus achieving optimal diagnostic results for all downstream testing.

Menarini also presented the new systems for Frozen Tissue Management, PrestoCHILL, FlashFREEZE and PRESTO. The Frozen Tissue Managements solutions enable you to standardise and speed up the laborious manual process without compromising quality.

They day finished with hands-on and demonstrations of the equipment which always is a highlight of our seminars.

 We would like to thank everyone who attended the seminar and all the positive feedback we received!

 Our next workshop will take place at the IBMS meeting Wednesday 27th of September!

ImPath36 Advanced Solution for Same Day FISH Results

 

Menarini Diagnostics are pleased to announce launching a range of ImPath36 CE-IVD probes and in situ hybridisation (ISH) reagents. This fully automated system is capable of simultaneously staining IHC, FISH and CISH slides in as little as 4 hours. This is a real breakthrough for the laboratory as it is now possible to perform FISH and CISH on cell smears and FFPE tissue for same day diagnosis.

 
HER2 BCL6 RET
ALK MYC CCND1
ROS1 IGH EBV
MET EWSR1 Kappa
BCL2 MDM2 Lambda

Our current portfolio consists of 15 different CE-IVD probes:

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If you would like any further information on any of the TOTAL TISSUE DIAGNOSTICS™ solutions, please contact us on: 0118 944 4100 or at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

IMPORTANT INFORMATION NOTICE

 
Formaldehyde

On January 1st 2016, formaldehyde was reclassified as a Category 1B carcinogen and Category 2 mutagen under the CLP (Classification, Labelling and Packaging) Regulations EC 1272/2008.  Category 1B substances are presumed to have carcinogenic potential for humans.  Therefore under COSHH there is a duty on employers to reduce exposure to such substances to as low a level as is reasonably practicable.

Formalin has been widely used as a tissue fixative for many years and cannot be completely replaced from histological diagnostic procedures.  However, in view of the reclassification there is an increased need to consider user safety.  The Health and Safety Executive have reiterated that it is the responsibility of the duty holder to revisit their current COSHH risk assessment and existing control measures for formalin and to consider what else is required to comply with the COSHH legislation.

The TissueSAFE and SealSAFE from Menarini Diagnostics provide a sound alternative to traditional methods of collecting and transporting specimens in buckets of formalin.  The use of these systems dramatically reduces formalin exposure and the handling of bulk chemicals, both in theatres and pathology laboratories.

  • TissueSAFE vacuum seals specimens in bags, without formalin, thereby dramatically reducing the use of formalin in theatres.  This improves safety for patients, theatre staff, porters and delivery drivers.  It also allows fixation to be brought under the control of the histology laboratory, making it a real science.
  • SealSAFE vacuum seals specimens and controls the amount of formalin dispensed into the bag according to the specimen weight within a closed unit for maximum safety, efficiency, quality and standardisation.  This improves safety for histology staff and pathologists.

Affordable Digital Imaging Solutions

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MacroPATH pro-x

The MacroPATH macro digital imaging system is the UK market leader.  With over 150 Macropath instruments installed in the UK alone you can be sure that you are investing in a tried and tested product.  The success of this product range has been largely down to its innovative, reliable and easy to use software that has been developed with pathology and the pathologist in mind.  It is possible to quickly capture, annotate and store high quality images of gross specimens for diagnostic support, scientific publications, teaching purposes and research documentation.

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LeanSTATION Bx:

To complement the MacroPATH pro-x is the LeanSTATION Bx for biopsy imaging.  It is a tabletop workstation with fume extraction and macro digital imaging system in a single unit.  This is an innovative, productivity enhancing and quality assurance tool that will reduce small biopsy turnaround time and enable rapid digital documentation of each workflow step.

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MacroVIEW DM:

The MacroVIEW DM adds to our digital imaging portfolio to dramatically enhance the standardisation and documentation of procedures in the mortuary.  It is possible to capture images of whole bodies, body parts, and large organ systems.  Adding visual or audio annotations to the images and recording videos helps to create a more descriptive record of the autopsy, necropsy, or forensic case.

For further information on any of the TOTAL TISSUE DIAGNOSTICS™ solutions, please contact us on: 0118 944 4100 or at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Menarini's Seminar Series: Surgical Specimen Management

Menarini’s Seminar Series: Surgical Specimen Management

Menarini has completed its first 2017 Surgical Specimen Symposium seminar at the Regent Conference and events centre in London on Thursday 2nd February.

The seminar focused on the latest technologies and processes developed to minimise exposure to formalin, control fixation of surgical specimens and thus enabling optimal diagnostic reporting. The innovative solutions, TissueSAFE and SealSAFE enable full chain-of-custody specimen tracking starting in theatres. It also allows fixation to be brought under the control of the histology laboratory, making it a real science for optimal diagnostic results. Menarini also presented the brand new systems for Frozen Tissue Management, PrestoCHILL, FlashFREEZE and PRESTO. They day finished with demonstrations of the equipment which is always a highlight of our seminars!

We would like to thank everyone who attended the seminar and all the positive feedback we received.

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New demonstration suite opened at Menarini UK headquarters.

Menarini Diagnostics has made a significant investment in a new demonstration and training suite which has been opened in our UK headquarters at Winnersh Triangle business park, near Reading just off J10 of the M4.  “This is a fantastic opportunity to present the full Total Tissue Diagnostics range in one place.  We are looking forward to welcoming customers to the office and to being able to demonstrate the full capabilities of our product range.

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Read more: New demonstration suite opened at Menarini UK headquarters.


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