MiQLab™ System Enables Veterinarians to Treat Companion Animal UTIs with Greater Confidence

by | Nov 18, 2021 | Veterinary Diagnostics

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Once considered the gold-standard technique for determining antimicrobial resistance or susceptibility of bacterial pathogens, culture and sensitivity testing (C&ST) is bogged down by increased wait times, lack of resources, and administrative nightmares that can impact life or death decisions for companion animals seeking emergency care.

While traditional C&ST can give valuable insight regarding worrisome pathogens, there is still a long turnaround time associated with results. Often, veterinarians are using empirical antibiotic treatments to treat infectious diseases. This can contribute to the emergence of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), sub-optimal patient care, and an emotional and economic burden on pet owners.

LexaGene’s MiQLab™ System is a fully automated walkaway qPCR system with integrated sample preparation for rapid pathogen detection at the point-of-care with broad multiplexing capability. In a recently conducted study, LexaGene senior scientist Dr. Eric DiBiasio demonstrated the utility of the MiQLab Bacterial & AMR Test for rapid detection of bacterial pathogens causing Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) in dogs.

The results demonstrate the MiQLab Bacterial & AMR test has very high sensitivity and specificity and compares well with traditional culture, which can empower veterinarians to make quick evidenced-based treatment decisions in-clinic.

MiQLab detects pathogens in clinical samples collected from cats and dogs suspected of infection in the urinary tract, skin and soft tissue, surgical site, and other primary and secondary infections, at the point-of-need. A one-of-a-kind technology, MiQLab, detects 10 pathogens, four classes of first line antimicrobials (33 markers), requires less than one minute of preparation time, and provides results in approximately two hours.

Veterinarians benefit from LexaGene’s revolutionary veterinary diagnostic technology, MiQLab, through reducing unsuccessful treatment pathways by arriving at a correct diagnosis faster. Enabling clinicians to be better equipped to care for their patients.

Learn more about the study by downloading Dr. DiBiasio’s Poster, “MiQLab Bacterial & AMR Testing for Rapid Detection of UTI Pathogens at the Veterinary Clinic” presented at the 2021 IVECCS Conference in Nashville, TN.

<a href="https://lexagene.com/author/ericdibasio/" target="_self">Dr Eric DiBiasio</a>

Dr Eric DiBiasio

Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology at University of Rhode Island - 6 years of laboratory experience in protein biochemistry, genetics and microbiology investigating mechanisms of dormancy and antibiotic tolerance in pathogenic bacteria using in vitro and in vivo approaches - Excellent written and oral communication demonstrated by 2 first-author publication, co-author publications and 2 invited seminars. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to manage multiple projects - Advanced-level laboratory science and biotechnology managerial, supervisory, and administrative leadership skills, with further knowledge in general business studies

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