Luminex Donates Company's First MAGPIX Multiplexing System to Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research
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The instrument will be used onsite in Papua New Guinea to progress malaria research led by Dr. Peter Zimmerman, Professor of International Health, Genetics and Biology at the Center for Global Health and Diseases at Case Western Reserve University. Malaria has long been a leading cause of death in Papua New Guinea and is a significant public health challenge in the nation.
"The clinicians and researchers at the Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research have struggled for many years to build an infrastructure to effectively combat malaria," said Dr. Zimmerman. "The MAGPIX system will help us to establish a better infrastructure across the rural nation and advance malaria research more quickly. It offers many efficiencies in a lab, and because the instrument is small and easy to transport and set up, we will be able to take it to even very remote locations where we need to conduct research."
Luminex created the MAGPIX system with facilities such as the Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research in mind. The instrument is compact - comparable in size to a desktop computer - and weighs less than 40 lbs. or 18 kg.
The MAGPIX system will be initially installed in the Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research's main facility in Goroka and then transported several hours, across Papua New Guinea's rugged and uncertain terrain, to its Madang branch where both laboratory and field aspects of the Institute's research on malaria take place.
MAGPIX is based on Luminex's xMAP® Technology and can perform up to 50 tests on a single sample, providing nearly 5,000 data points in under an hour utilizing proprietary MagPlex® microspheres. It can provide reproducible results and can advance many types of scientific research.
"The Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research has a critical role in improving public health, expanding medical knowledge and enhancing healthcare delivery in Papua New Guinea," said Patrick J. Balthrop, president and chief executive officer of Luminex. "This donation is part of Luminex's commitment to improving the health, safety and quality of life of people worldwide. We have been honored to collaborate with Dr. Zimmerman for the past five years and we are hopeful that our MAGPIX system will become a vital tool in the Institute's efforts to shed new light on malaria and help control and prevent outbreaks."