Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics and Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. have expanded their global joint marketing agreement under which Bio-Rad will sell its quality control products and Unity™ Quality Control (QC) data management solutions to Siemens IMMULITE® Immunoassay Systems, RIA, Dimension® Integrated Chemistry Systems, and Dimension Vista® Intelligent Lab System customers. This move extends clinical laboratorians access to consistent control materials and data management tools within the Siemens laboratory systems portfolio which, until now, only included the ADVIA® Chemistry and ADVIA Centaur® Immunoassay systems.
Through this agreement, all Siemens Immunoassay and Chemistry systems can now use the same portfolio of Bio-Rad and Siemens controls. This reduces the number of controls that your laboratory must manage. In conjunction with this, three IMMULITE and RIA controls, CON6, Tumor Marker, and Cardiac will be discontinued and inventory is expected to be depleted by April 1, 2012 (Dimension Control Info Tab, Table 1). Specific DADE® controls used with Dimension and Dimension Vista systems will also be discontinued. The list of DADE® controls that will be discontinued, as well as the expected inventory depletion dates, is provided in the Dimension Control Info tab, Table 1.