3M and Gen-Probe collaborate to combat healthcare-associated infections 3M and Gen-Probe have announced that the companies have formed an exclusive worldwide collaboration to build up and commercialize rapid, easy-to-use nucleic acid tests to detect certain harmful healthcare-linked infections such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus . This collaboration further strengthens our medical diagnostics business and leading illness prevention portfolio by providing hospitals fresh rapid diagnostic exams to detect the current presence of certain potentially destructive microbes before they spread and possibly infect other patients and workers, said Chuck Kummeth, division vice president, 3M Medical Division.This transaction will not impact Abbott’s previously released ongoing earnings-per-share guidance for 2009 and is at the mercy of customary closing conditions. Abbott expects the purchase to close in the 1st one fourth of 2010. About STARLIMS Technologies Ltd. STARLIMS Systems Ltd. is a leading provider of laboratory details management systems , with approximately 160 workers and more than twenty years of LIMS encounter worldwide. The company’s flagship item, STARLIMS, improves the dependability of laboratory sampling procedures, supports compliance with domestic and international rules and industry standards, and comprehensive reporting, monitoring and analysis capabilities.