Beckman Coulter Expands Portfolio of Standardized ClearLLab CE-IVD Reagents for the Clinical Flow Cytometry Lab

New 10-Colour System with Kaluza C Software Streamlines Workflow and QC Reporting for Flow Cytometric Leukemia & Lymphoma* Analysis

MIAMI, US (January 14, 2019) ─ Beckman Coulter launches the ClearLLab 10C System for the clinical flow cytometry lab. The new system includes the first 10-colour CE-IVD panels of immunophenotyping reagents for both lymphoid and myeloid lineages. The tubes utilize DURA Innovations dry reagent technology for the panels, which requires no refrigeration.

Alongside the panels, the integrated ClearLLab 10C system comprises:

  • ClearLLab Control Cells - a liquid preparation of stabilized human erythrocytes and leukocytes (lymphocytes monocytes and granulocytes) - are the first application-specific IVD control cells for L&L* immunophenotyping as part of a validated system. ClearLLab Control Cells include assay values for the 27 markers currently available on the four ClearLLab10C panels, available for both normal and abnormal controls
  • New ClearLLab Compensation Beads for establishing compensation using the ClearLLab compensation kit, which includes 10 single color tubes for each compensation setup
  • Enhanced QC features of Kaluza C analysis software, v1.1 or higher.

The ClearLLab 10C System incorporates the company’s new Kaluza C software to streamline and standardize clinical QC reporting to international guidelines. It delivers high quality results from dry unitized combinations of CD (cluster of differentiation) markers, using Beckman Coulter’s DURA Innovations dry technology. These pre-formulated antibody combinations help the lab avoid the potential errors of manual antibody cocktail preparation.

The four ClearLLab 10C panels are designed specifically to run on Beckman Coulter’s Navios and Navios EX flow cytometers, with new, advanced Navios compensation setup software. When using the ClearLLab 10C system, compensation is only required on initial set-up of the application, when daily QC fails, after instrument service as needed, or when switching to a new lot of Flow-Set Pro.

With the ClearLLab 10C System, laboratories now have a portfolio of flow cytometric tools - enabling them to provide accurate patient results for L&L analysis in a compliant lab setting, without needing to carry out extensive manual validation, preparation and QC tasks.

ClearLLab 10C is also supported by a unique, training resource, the ClearLLab 10C case book. This provides 24 diagnostic vignettes giving characteristic findings after flow cytometric analysis, with expert assessment by haematopathologists. Labs can also compare the interpretation of their own findings with the analysis in the casebook.

Dr Mario Koksch, Vice President and General Manager of Beckman Coulter’s Cytometry Business Unit said: "The ClearLLab 10C System is a integrated solution, offering labs standardized workflow that delivers greater confidence in the consistency and reliability of their clinical findings.

“Further, it reduces the time-consuming, error-prone pipetting steps of lab developed tests, replacing them with a more time-efficient alternative that also simplifies clinical QC reporting.”
With the ClearLLab 10C System, workflow is reduced to four straightforward, standardized steps– sample processing, sample acquisition, reporting and validation. (See Fig 1)

Figure 1

ClearLLab 10 Workflow

The reagents can be used with peripheral whole blood (collected in K2EDTA, Acid Citrate Dextrose (ACD) or Heparin), bone marrow (collected in K2EDTA, Acid Citrate Dextrose (ACD) or Heparin) and lymph node specimens.

In 2017 the five- colour ClearLLab Reagents panels were the first pre-formulated1, IVD antibody cocktails for leukemia and lymphoma* immunophenotyping to be approved by the FDA de novo process for in vitro diagnostic use in the US. The FDA confirmed that they provided ‘consistent results to aid in the diagnoses of these serious cancers’ after evaluating data from a multi-site clinical study (which compared panel results to alternative detection methods).

ClearLLab reagents follow the 2006 Bethesda International Consensus Recommendations on the Flow Cytometric Immunophenotypic Analysis of Hematolymphoid Neoplasia2. They are compatible with the World Health Organization (WHO) 2016-revised classification of myeloid neoplasms and acute leukemia. WHO, in collaboration with the European Association for Hematopathology and the Society for Hematopathology, recently made important changes to the classification of these diseases. These included new criteria for the recognition of some previously described neoplasms as well as clarification and refinement of the defining criteria for others.3

Pending submission and clearance by the United States Food and Drug Administration; not yet available for in vitro diagnostic use in the US.

*For lymphoma this refers to Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma only


Notes for the Editor

1 US Food & Drug Administration, Press Announcement, June 29th, 2017:

2 Davis BH, et al. 2006 Bethesda International Consensus Recommendations on the Immunophenotypic Analysis of Hematolymphoid Neoplasia by Flow Cytometry: Optimal Reagents and Reporting for the Flow Cytometric Diagnosis of Hematopoietic Neoplasia. Cytometry Part B (Clinical Cytometry 2007 72B: S5-S13

3 Vardiman JW, Arber DA, Brunning DR et al. The 2008 revision of the World Health Organization (WHO) classification of myeloid neoplasms and acute leukemia: rationale and important changes. Blood 2009 114:937-951; doi: 10.1182/blood-2009-03-209262