It offers results in less than eight hours rather than the days or actually weeks required for traditional culture methods. ‘Making certain patients receive the most appropriate antimicrobial therapy as quickly as possible has the potential to reduce inappropriate antibiotic prescribing, and help to reduce or slow the development of resistant bacterial strains,’ said Jacques Schrenzel, M .D., head of the Bacteriological Laboratory, University Hospital Geneva in Geneva, Switzerland. ‘PLEX-ID may be the only obtainable diagnostic technology that’s capable of identifying a wide range of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and particular parasites in hours,’ stated Murthy Simhambhatla, Ph.D., mind of Abbott’s Ibis Biosciences business.