Carolina Liquid Chemistries Brings CLC 720 Chemistry Analyzer to Market

April 24, 2012

FDA clears the most technologically advanced system in its class to hit market since the 1990s

Carolina Liquid Chemistries announces the market launch of the CLC 720 floor model chemistry analyzer. The system received FDA 510(k) clearance on March 23, 2012, and is the second chemistry analyzer to be developed and FDA-cleared from Carolina Chemistries’ efforts in the Piedmont Triad Research Park (PTRP). The CLC 720 is the first product to be launched from the new Wake Forest Biotech Place.

“This chemistry analyzer is the first in its class to be designed since the 1990s,” says Phil Shugart, President of Carolina Liquid Chemistries. “The CLC 720 is the newest, most technologically sophisticated chemistry analyzer in America. We took advantage of the latest advances in software, electronics, motion control and fluidics in order to offer customers a truly exceptional product.”

The CLC 720 analyzes 100 different blood chemistry tests, such as glucose, cholesterol and drugs of abuse with a throughput of 400 photometric tests per hour and 320 ISEs per hour. The system’s design is “greener,” which means it generates less heat, operates more quietly and consumes 40 percent less chemicals, 25 percent less water, 20 percent less serum and 50 percent less electricity. The CLC 720 also takes up 25 percent less space and is less expensive than other systems in its class. “With its large menu, small footprint and easy Windows 7 software, it’s an excellent fit for a large clinic, small- to medium-sized hospital or a small reference lab,” Shugart says.

“The launch of the CLC 720 exemplifies the mission of the PTRP, which is the journey from ‘mind to market,’ says John D. McConnell, M.D., chief executive officer of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. “Carolina Liquid Chemistries has successfully taken innovative technology from inception to commercialization, and we congratulate them on their new product launch.”

The market for the CLC 720 is 400 instruments per year. Carolina Chemistries, a company that makes customer satisfaction its top priority, expects to obtain a 20 percent market share within the first two years of sales. Customers from all over the United States will come to the Winston-Salem, N.C., headquarters to take part in system operation training classes in Carolina Chemistries’ state-of-the-art training facilities at Wake Forest Biotech Place. In addition, Carolina Chemistries has a nationwide staff of field service engineers, technical specialists and sales representatives.

In addition to its chemistry analyzers such as the benchtop Biolis 24i, the CLC 480 and the CLC 720, Carolina Chemistries offers a complete line of bar-coded, liquid, ready-to-use reagents and service for use on Olympus and Beckman instruments. The company can provide the large physician clinic or the small- to medium-sized hospital with a complete stat lab consisting of chemistry, hematology and an immunochemistry analyzer, along with a laboratory information system (LIS).