Machines from iCyt count and sort cells and chromosomes for diagnostic and research purposes. iCyt’s customers include university research labs, hospitals and private labs.
Sony’s acquisition of a flow cytometry firm represents a new venture into healthcare for the electronics company. Keiji Kimura, Sony’s executive vice president, also cited his company’s bringing “expertise in manufacturing consumer products” to the enterprise.
The company iCyt, at www.i-cyt.com, was founded in 1995 and has 44 full-time employees.
Other health safety news:
- Kaiser Permanente awarded $346,000 to the National Association of Community Health Centers’ “Medical Home Initiative for America’s Safety Net.” The purpose of the Medical Home Initiative is to incorporate the patient-centered health model into community clinics in order to improve efficiency, effectiveness and timeliness; generate patient and community engagement in health, and to emphasize equity and eliminate health disparities.
- A new survey from Health Leaders Media says that non-medical factors such as fear of lawsuits and pressure from patients are a major influence in their decision-making when it comes to ordering tests. The No. 1 priority among all respondents is quality/patient safety, which retains that ranking in 2010, but with a smaller share than the 2009 results. Last year, 69 percent of respondents put quality/patient safety in their Top 3 list of priorities; for 2010, that dropped to 40 percent, still enough to be No. 1, but with a smaller consensus.