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bioLytical announced today that its INSTI® HCV Antibody Test has received approval for immediate market entry into the European Union by its Notified Body

By providing access to the world’s first one minute HCV test, we are excited to play a role in reducing transmission in Europe to help diagnose and connect individuals to care.”

— Robert Mackie, CEO

RICHMOND, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA, July 12, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — • bioLytical’s INSTI® HCV Antibody Test is the world’s first one minute test
• bioLytical has received CE Mark and approval to sell across Europe
• The test is portable, does not require any additional equipment, and can be performed in a multitude of settings with easy-to-interpret results in real-time
• Test performance in clinical studies demonstrated high accuracy of over 99%
• bioLytical’s quality system is MDSAP certified

bioLytical Laboratories Inc. (“bioLytical”), a global leader in rapid in vitro medical diagnostics, announced it received CE Mark for the world’s first one minute HCV Antibody Test, allowing it to sell its kits across Europe. The innovative rapid through-flow technology allows INSTI® to provide accurate test results in real-time, offering medical professionals the ability to test patients easily and flexibly in different locations.

Affecting an estimated 71 million globally, Hepatitis C (“HCV”) is a growing international health concern. It can remain asymptomatic and thus undiagnosed, and if left untreated, can cause serious health problems, including liver damage, cirrhosis, liver cancer and even death.

With both taking the test and receiving results in real-time, bioLytical’s INSTI® HCV Antibody Test will help connect more people to care. Treatment can cure more than 95% of people with Hepatitis C, but access to diagnosis is still too low. Ending an epidemic starts with testing. That’s why we’ve developed an all-new, one minute solution for HCV antibody testing.

“By using our proven INSTI® platform, we were able to take advantage of our rapid test technology to develop a fast and easy-to-use test with over 99% accuracy,” said Robert Mackie, CEO for bioLytical. “Ending HCV in Europe begins with testing. By providing access to the world’s first one minute HCV test, we are excited to play a role in reducing transmission in Europe to help diagnose and connect individuals to care.”

Leveraging bioLytical’s proven INSTI® technology, the INSTI® HCV Antibody Test was designed to identify HCV antibodies, paving the way for reliable and fast screening using a simple fingerstick method to receive results that are more than 99 percent accurate in only one minute. bioLytical will manufacture the INSTI® HCV Antibody Tests in its facility in Richmond, British Columbia, to sell and distribute across Europe.

Proven Testing Technology Now Broadly Available
The INSTI® HCV Antibody Test uses the same proven and innovative technology as the existing INSTI® platform, joining the INSTI® line-up of infectious through-flow rapid tests that have been available for sale in Europe since 2015, including the HIV-1/HIV-2 Antibody Test, the HIV Self Test, the Multiplex HIV Syphilis Ab Test, and the COVID-19 Antibody Test.

About bioLytical
bioLytical Laboratories Inc. is a privately-owned Canadian company focused on the research, development and commercialization of rapid in vitro medical diagnostics using its proprietary INSTI® technology platform. bioLytical has won several local and industry awards, including B.C. Exporter of the Year in 2019. We have been named Lifesciences B.C.’s Growth Stage Med Tech Company of the Year and have been featured on B.C.’s Fastest Growing Companies four years in a row, including the Globe and Mail’s Fastest Growing Companies list in 2020. bioLytical moved to a significantly larger, state-of-the-art facility in Richmond, B.C. in 2020 to accommodate the extraordinary growth achieved through our team. Providing accurate results in one minute or less, the INSTI® range includes the INSTI HIV-1/HIV-2 Antibody Test, INSTI® Multiplex HIV Syphilis Ab Test, INSTI® HIV Self Test, INSTI® Covid-19 Antibody Test, and now the INSTI® HCV Antibody Test. bioLytical sells its products in Europe, North America, South America, Africa, and Asia.

By delivering accurate results in real-time, INSTI® generates meaningful outcomes for medical professionals, patients, and public health organizations worldwide and is a key partner in tackling some of the world’s most severe healthcare challenges. Please visit www.insti.com and www.bioLytical.com for more information.


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Mark Levin highlights the rise of ‘American Marxism’ in the United States

Mark Levin highlighted books that have promoted the rise of American Marxism Sunday on “Life, Liberty & Levin.” 

“The Democrat Party, this ideology, what I call American Marxism, has been spawned from Marxism,” he said. “It has been Americanized and it has been used to try and use our differences, our imperfections to exploit them and to drive this ideology.”

Levin spotlighted his new book, “American Marxism” and called it the “most important book” he’s ever written. 

“Why is it the most important book I’ve ever written? Because we are not looking into the abyss as a nation,” he said. “We are in the abyss. And the question now is how do we get out of it?” 


“Marx and Education” by Jean Anyon was one book Levin highlighted as contributing to the rise in American Marxism. 

“[Anyon] was an iconic figure who pushed the idea and the attitude of Marxism throughout our education system,” Levin noted. 


He also mentioned books like “Foundations of Critical Race Theory and Education,” and “Navigating Borders: Critical Race Theory Research and Counter History of Undocumented Americans,” which fuel the narrative that critical race theory is taught in American schools. 

Levin said that “American Marxism” is an answer to this troubling trend in the United States, and he hopes readers will “take it one page at a time, one chapter at a time,” in order to confront what is happening in the United States. 

McLaughlin breaks 400 hurdles mark on historic day at trials

During the US Olympic track trials, McLaughlin finally outraced Dalilah Muhammad to earn the victory, and the record, that Muhammad kept grabbing whenever they met.

EUGENE, Ore. — Sydney McLaughlin looked to her left and saw the numbers “51.90.” Her first thought: “Oh my gosh!”

Now, at long last, the 400-meter hurdles world record belongs to her.

On Sunday night at U.S. Olympic track trials, McLaughlin finally outraced Dalilah Muhammad to earn the victory, and the record, that Muhammad kept grabbing whenever they met. McLaughlin’s 51.90 was good enough to beat Muhammad by 0.52 seconds. It shattered Muhammad’s old world record by 0.26.

“It’s one of those moments you think about and dream about and play in your head that you’ll put it together,” said McLaughlin, who not long ago aligned with coach Bobby Kersee.

Her record was the highlight of a day that included other kinds of history.

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Noah Lyles won the 200 meters to punch his Olympic ticket, then celebrated by kneeling on the track and clasping his hands together: “I just stopped stressing and let my body do what it does,” he said after posting a world-leading time of 19.74 that came on the heels of some lackluster runs through the 100 and 200 rounds.

He shared the spotlight with 17-year-old Erriyon Knighton, whose third-place finish makes him the youngest male member of the U.S. Olympic track team since Jim Ryun in 1964.

JuVaughn Harrison, a 22-year-old from LSU, won not one, but two titles on the same day to become the first American to make the Olympics in both the high jump and the long jump since Jim Thorpe in 1912.

“That’s a lot of years for somebody not to do it,” Harrison said. “It’s really good for me to have my name in history like that.”

It’s an amazing enough feat on a normal day. On this day — unbelievable.

Temperatures at Hayward Field reached 108 degrees and the surface of the track exceeded 150.

It forced USA Track and Field to put a halt to the action at about 3 p.m., shortly after heptathlete Taliyah Brooks was being carted off the track in a wheelchair. Brooks was in fourth place when she went down during javelin warmups. She did not make it back, and when the competition resumed some five hours later, Annie Kunz got the win.

Much earlier in the day, Paul Chelimo won by .19 seconds in a sprint to the finish in the men’s 5,000, which had been moved to the morning to beat the heat. Much later on the track, Athing Mu won the women’s 800 and Cole Hocker edged reigning Olympic champion Matt Centrowitz in the 1,500.

McLaughlin’s race was delayed by about four hours. She said the wait “was a little bit of a throw in our plan.”

“But we were prepared for that,” she said. “Bobby always talks about Muhammad Ali, and always having to be ready for that left hook.”

In this case, it was another Muhammad — Dalilah Muhammad — who has, in her own way, been preparing McLaughlin for this day.

This marked the third straight major race in which the two squared off and a world record was set. The last two times, it was Muhammad who came out on top. It happened first two years ago on a rainy day in Des Moines, Iowa, at national championships. Then again, a few months after that at worlds in Qatar. McLaughlin ran a 52.23 at worlds, but lost by .07 seconds. That mark would have been the world record had she run it before Muhammad started rewriting the book that season.

“Dalilah is a great competitor, and I was growing into my own person,” McLaughlin explained when asked if she was deflated after running such good times, only to come in second.

She also credited a renewed sense of faith and, of course, Kersee, for this breakthrough.

Kersee is the legend who has, over the years, squeezed the most out of some of the greatest in the sport, including Allyson Felix, Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Florence Griffith Joyner.

He put McLaughlin on a new plan — getting her focused on improving her form by running shorter hurdles courses.

“It was trusting the process, and a lot of things you can’t really see coming,” McLaughlin said. “But just having the childlike faith in trusting everything is going to work out. Bobby’s really good at that.”

Muhammad said getting to the starting line in this, a year that started with injuries and a COVID-19 scare, was never a sure thing. She said she couldn’t break 55 seconds to start the season.

“Almost for a month straight, I kept asking (my coach) every day at practice, ‘Are you sure. Are you sure?’” Muhammad said. “I’m extremely grateful to be here today, and so thankful those setbacks are behind me.”

Up next is the Olympics. The finals in the 400 hurdles are set for Aug. 4. The world record in this event is always in jeopardy.

“She definitely pushes me,” Muhammad said during her interview on the track. Then, she turned to McLaughlin and said: “Congratulations, you world-record holder. It’s going to be a battle in Tokyo for sure.”

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'It sucks and I'm scared': Blink-182's Mark Hoppus announces he has cancer

Mark Hoppus revealed he has cancer on social media on Wednesday, June 23.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — Blink-182’s bass guitarist and co-lead singer, Mark Hoppus shared on social media Wednesday that he is undergoing chemotherapy for cancer. 

Hoppus, 49, shared the somber message via Twitter and Instagram stating, 

“For the past three months, I’ve been undergoing chemotherapy for cancer. I have cancer. It sucks and I’m scared, and at the same time I’m blessed with incredible doctors and family and friends to get me through this.”

After the Blink-182 bassist announced his diagnosis, he shared a photo of him in a doctor’s office on his Instagram page with the caption, “Yes hello. One cancer treatment, please.”

The band, Blink-182 formed in Poway, California, a suburb north of San Diego back in 1992. 

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'It sucks and I'm scared' Blink-182 frontman Mark Hoppus confirms devastating cancer fight

Mark Hoppus, 49, frontman of rock group Blink-182, announced the devastating news that he has been undergoing cancer treatment. Posting to his Instagram story, the bassist and singer revealed he has been having chemotherapy for the past three months.

He penned: “For the past three months I’ve been undergoing chemotherapy for cancer.

“I have cancer. It sucks and I’m scared, and at the same time I’m blessed with incredible doctors and family and friends to get me through this.”

He continued: “I still have months of treatment ahead of me but I’m trying to remain hopeful and positive.

“Can’t wait to be cancer free and see you all at a concert in the hopefully near future.”

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A fourth urged him to ‘stay positive’: “Wishing you all the best. You got this man! My wife had breast cancer and it sucked, but she beat it and so can you. Stay positive.”

“I’m sooo sad to hear about mark hoppus. This man was apart of my youth, my early adolescence, my teenage angst, and now a nostalgic comfort. Praying for you @markhoppus!!!” a fifth prayed.

Despite his secret battle, Hoppus had remained very much present on social media, to keep up appearances for fans.

A week ago on Instagram, he paid tribute to the anniversary of a key Blink-182 album.

“Hell yes,” he wrote, “20 years ago today Take Off Your Pants and Jacket came out.

“After the overwhelming and unexpected success of Enema of the State we wanted to write a darker, harder album that pushed the boundaries of what blink-182 could do. I love this record. Thank you to everyone who listened to it then and continues to put it on two decades later.”

We wish him a full and speedy recovery.

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‘The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard’ hits top mark at box office

The Lionsgate’s film starring Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson and Salma Hayek brought in $ 11.6 million domestically to claim the No. 1 spot in its debut.

LOS ANGELES — “The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard” struck the top box office target.

The Lionsgate’s film starring Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson and Salma Hayek brought in $ 11.6 million domestically to claim the No. 1 spot in its debut. The action-comedy — which appeared in 3,331 locations — is the follow up the 2017 breakout hit “The Hitman’s Bodyguard.”

The “Hitman” sequel notched “A Quiet Place Part II,” which took hold of the second spot in its fourth weekend of release. The Paramount horror-thriller, which stars Emily Blunt and was directed by John Krasinski, earned $ 9.4 million. The film became the first of the pandemic era to reach $ 100 million domestically.

This weekend, “Godzilla vs. Kong” became the second movie of the pandemic to cross $ 100 million. The film has garnered more than $ 442.5 million worldwide.

Meanwhile, the Jon M. Chu-directed “In the Heights” continued to struggle. The adaption of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway musical dropped a few slots to sixth this weekend.

The Warner Bros. film earned more than $ 4.2 million, a 63% drop from the previous week. The critically-acclaimed musical film has recently been called out for its lack of dark-skinned, Black Latinos in leading roles.

However, Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Comscore, believes the movie fell victim to lofty expectations. He said musicals often take a while to develop an audience.

“There were so many things going on with this film,” Dergarabedian said. “There were very high expectations when it opened last weekend. And because of the strong reviews, I think there were some overblown expectations. With the big projections, people were emotionally tied to the movie. The box office projections were overblown. That set unrealistic expectations.”

“Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway” placed third in the box office with $ 6.1 million, while “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It” claimed the fourth spot with $ 5.15 million. It barely edged the Emma Stone-led “Cruella,” which came in fifth with $ 5.1 million.

“Spirit Untamed,” “12 Mighty Orphans,” “The House Next Door: Meet the Blacks 2” and “Wrath of Man” rounded out the top 10.

Dergarabedian expects a big weekend for Universal Pictures’ “Fast and Furious” new installment “F9,” which releases in domestic theaters June 25. The film starring Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris and Jordana Brewster has already earned nearly $ 300 million internationally.

“This is about winning over audiences who watched a lot of content on the small screen,” he said. “Now, they will be able to see a movie that has been long delayed, but is tailor made for the big screen and that theater communal experience. Escapism will be the watch word when it comes to Furious 9.”

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China takeover of Taiwan to mark 'game over' for West 'Will go where they want'

Tensions have increased between democratically-ruled Taiwan and China after repeated missions by Beijing’s air force near the island. It has concentrated in the southwestern part of its air defence zone near the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands. Former US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, has warned it is “all over” if China takes over Taiwan.

She said: “The last Olympics that they had was their coming out. That is how they saw it.

“They were introducing themselves to the world. This next Olympics, if it goes unscathed, this is their way of showing that they now the superpower of the world.

“If we don’t boycott, if we don’t do something really call them out, mark my words, Taiwan is next.

“And if they take Taiwan, it is all over because they will think that give them free rein to grab any territory, not in the region but anywhere they want to go.”

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Twenty-eight Chinese air force aircraft, including fighters and nuclear-capable bombers, entered Taiwan’s air defence identification zone (ADIZ), the island’s government said, the largest reported incursion to date.

While there was no immediate comment from Beijing, the news comes after the Group of Seven leaders issued a joint statement on Sunday scolding China for a series of issues and underscored the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, comments China condemned as “slander”.

Chinese-claimed Taiwan has complained over the last few months of repeated missions by China’s air force near the self-ruled island, concentrated in the southwestern part of its air defence zone near the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands.

The latest Chinese mission involved 14 J-16 and six J-11 fighters, as well as four H-6 bombers, which can carry nuclear weapons, and anti-submarine, electronic warfare and early warning aircraft, Taiwan’s Defence Ministry said.

China has in the past described such missions as necessary to protect the country’s sovereignty and deal with “collusion” between Taipei and Washington.

The United States, which like most countries has no formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan, has watched with alarm the stepped-up tensions with Beijing.

“In response to the growing PRC threat, we will continue deepening our unofficial security relationship to ensure Taiwan has sufficient capabilities to defend itself,” a senior US administration official told Reuters, referring to the People’s Republic of China.

A Pentagon spokesperson added that China’s “increasing military activities conducted in the vicinity of Taiwan are destabilizing and increase the risk of miscalculation.”

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Mark Cuban Hit by Iron Finance Token Crash, Calls for Defi Regulation

Billionaire investor and Shark Tank star Mark Cuban has called for cryptocurrency regulation focusing on decentralized finance (defi) and stablecoins after a token he invested in collapsed from $ 64 to near zero.

Cuban Wants Defi and Stablecoin Regulation After Investing in Collapsed Token

The billionaire owner of the NBA team Dallas Mavericks, Mark Cuban, invested in a token that crashed from about $ 64 to near zero Wednesday. Iron Finance called the collapse of its iron titanium token (TITAN) “the world’s first large-scale crypto bank run.” The price of the token is $ 0.000000029585 at the time of writing.

Responding to a tweet asking whether he “rugged” or “got rugged” on Iron Finance’s token, Cuban wrote: “I got hit like everyone else. Crazy part is I got out, thought they were increasing their TVL [Total Value Locked] enough. Then bam.”

Mark Cuban Hit by Iron Finance Token Crash, Calls for Defi Regulation

The billionaire investor has been fascinated by defi for quite some time. He wrote a blog post on June 13 touting the potential of defi innovation and TITAN. Some say that the Iron Finance token became popular because of Cuban.

In the blog post, the Shark Tank star explained that he was a small liquidity provider (LP) for Quickswap. “I provide 2 different tokens (DAI/TITAN) that enable Quikswap to offer swaps between these two tokens … my return on my initial $ 75k investment (based on fees only) as of this writing, is an annualized return of about 206% … in exchange for providing the liquidity both TITAN and Quickswap need for their businesses, I get .25 of the transaction volume for swaps between these two tokens.”

In his letter to Bloomberg Thursday, Cuban talked about his experience with TITAN. He detailed:

“I read about it. Decided to try it. Got out. Then got back in when the TVL start to rise back up. As a percentage of my crypto portfolio it was small. But it was enough that I wasn’t happy about it”

“But in a larger context it is no different than the risks I take angel investing,” he noted. “In any new industry, there are risks I take on with the goal of not just trying to make money but also to learn. Even though I got rugged on this, it’s really on me for being lazy.”

Turning to regulation, he suggested, “if you are looking for a lesson learned, the real question is the regulatory one,” emphasizing:

“There should be regulation to define what a stablecoin is and what collateralization is acceptable.”

“Should we require $ 1 in U.S. currency for every dollar or define acceptable collateralization options, like U.S. treasuries or?” he continued. “To be able to call itself a stable coin? Where collateralization is not 1 to 1, should the math of the risks have to be clearly defined for all users and approved before release? Probably given stable coins most likely need to get to hundreds of millions or more in value in order to be useful, they should have to register.”

Some people do not believe Cuban’s story, however. Twitter user Paul Bryant wrote: “I don’t believe for one nanosecond that Mark Cuban was caught unawares by the TITAN rug pull. The creator was anonymous, it had zero utility, and he was shilling it at the peak.”

Alex Saunders, founder of Nugget’s News, tweeted: “The incident is being labeled the ‘Cuban Missile Crisis’ after Mark Cuban did a post on TITAN, it then pumped 100x only to be rugged to 0.”

Meanwhile, some people criticized Cuban for calling for regulation after claiming to have lost money in the incident. Entrepreneur Luosheng Peng tweeted: “Mark Cuban invested in crypto TITAN & lost it to almost $ 0. And after that happened, he is calling for increased Defi regulation. Be careful when you make crypto investments beyond BTC & ETH.” David Schawel, CIO of Family Management Corporation, commented:

“I have a hard time when people admit they were lazy in due diligence but then blame lack of regulation.”

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Spice Girls releasing new song to mark 'Wannabe' 25th anniversary

The iconic British pop group has been a cultural mainstay around the globe for decades showcasing the bubbly side of British entertainment.

WASHINGTON — Editor’s note: The WKYC video is from June 2019.

Look who’s back! The Spice Girls, who shot to worldwide fame in the 90s, are releasing a new song to mark the 25th anniversary of the group’s debut single “Wannabe.”  

The girl power group have apparently held onto a previously unreleased ballad called “Feed Your Love,” which they have now decided to release to commemorate the big anniversary. 

As the Daily Mail and other UK outlets put it, the song is the first new track to be released by the group since 2007. The Spice Girls did release a music video for their song “Denying” in April of 2020, but the song itself was first featured on their 1997 album “Spiceworld.”

Ginger, Sporty, Baby, Scary and Posh Spice have put together a special EP, including the previously unreleased ballad “Feed Your Love,” for their 25th anniversary commemoration album called “Wannabe25.”

The new song contains vocals from all five members including Geri Horner, 48, Melanie Chisholm, 47, Emma Bunton, 45, Melanie Brown, 46 and Victoria Beckham, 47. The new song will be available to stream on July 9. 

In 2012, the group reunited to perform a medley of their greatest hits during the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics. 

In 2019, the Spice Girls reunited again for a U.K. tour without Beckham. 

The group has also launched their #IAmASpiceGirl campaign, OK! Magazine and other entertainment outlets reported. The group is asking fans to upload their favorite memories involving the group to Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag. Fans can also email content to [email protected]

As the Sun reported, the Spice Girls said in a statement “the Spice Girls belong to everyone and that’s why we want to mark 25 years of ‘Wannabe’ by celebrating our incredible fans.” 

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Mark Drakeford defends wait for restriction-free date in Wales amid Delta variant fears

The First Minister for Wales has defended his cautious stance against the Delta variant, which is thought to be spreading rapidly among younger unvaccinated people. On Thursday’s BBC Newsnight, Mr Drakeford doubled down on the decision to review of the coronavirus restrictions every three weeks.

Asked about his opposition to setting a date for the easing of lockdown rules, Mr Drakeford said: “Well, we give dates every three weeks.

“So, we’ve been on a three-week decision-making cycle for more than a year now, people in Wales are very used to that.”

Mr Drakeford also highlighted the current uncertainty surrounding the vaccination drive.

He said: “I think it’s too optimistic to say that vaccination has broken the link between falling ill and hospitalisation with the new Delta variant.

“We really don’t know that sufficiently to be confident that the vaccination is going to defend us in exactly that way.”

The Delta variant was first detected in India and currently represents the biggest threat to Britain’s roadmap out of lockdown.

It is believed to be around 40 to 60 percent more transmissible than the Kent mutation detected last winter.

The latest weekly report from Public Health England showed infection rates surged at the highest rate in the northwest – increasing to 149.6 cases per 100,000 people in the seven days to June 6.

The uplift in cases since February has been attributed to this variant, with more than 7,000 cases reported on both June 9 and 10 this week for the first time in weeks.

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