Luminex Corporation

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Luminex Corporation
HeadquartersAustin, Texas, United States,
ProductsxMAP, xTAG, MAGPIX, Luminex 100/200, FLEXMAP 3D, NxTAG, ARIES,

Luminex Corporation is a biotechnology company which develops, manufactures and markets proprietary biological testing technologies with applications in life-sciences. The mission is to empower labs to obtain reliable, timely, and actionable answers, ultimately advancing health.

Luminex offers a wide range of solutions applicable in diverse markets including clinical diagnostics, pharmaceutical drug discovery, biomedical research, genomic and proteomic research, and food safety.

Nachum "Homi" Shamir has served as Luminex's President and Chief Executive Officer since October, 2014. Luminex was recognized by Forbes magazine as one of the top 25 fastest growing technology companies in the US.[1]

Products and applications[edit]

Luminex's Multi-Analyte Profiling (xMAP) technology allows simultaneous analysis of up to 500 bioassays from a small sample volume, typically a single drop of fluid, by reading biological tests on the surface of microscopic polystyrene beads called microspheres. xMAP technology combines this miniaturized liquid array bioassay capability with small lasers, light emitting diodes (LEDs), digital signal processors, photo detectors, charge-coupled device imaging and proprietary software to create a system offering advantages in speed, precision, flexibility and cost. xMAP technology is currently being used within various segments of the life sciences industry, which includes the fields of drug discovery and development, and for clinical diagnostics, genetic analysis, bio-defense, food safety and biomedical research. Luminex MultiCode technology, used for real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and multiplexed PCR assays.

Luminex Corporation owns 315 issued patents worldwide, including over 124 issued patents in the United States based on its multiplexing xMAP platform.[2] Luminex's proprietary multiplex bead-based immunoassay testing platform simultaneously measures multiple analytes by exciting a sample with a laser, and subsequently analyzing the wavelength of emitted light.[3] Luminex's MAGPIX platform utilizes LED technology and digital photography to analyze,"color-coded magnetic microspheres".[4] In 2008 Luminex received FDA 510(k) clearance for its xTAG Respiratory Viral Panel which allows doctors to test for the presence of 12 respiratory viruses with a very high degree of accuracy in a matter of hours, and has been proven to provide an increase in accuracy over in-house nucleic acid amplification testing in the diagnosis of respiratory virus infections.[5][6][7] Luminex's xTAG Gastrointestinal Pathogen Panel was granted a CE mark by the European Union in 2012 and received FDA and Health Canada clearance in early 2013.[8] Luminex also has an extensive portfolio of genetics assays focused on cystic fibrosis and pharmacogenetics.


In 2010 Luminex Corporation received the Prix Galien USA award.[9] In 2011 Luminex Corporation's MAGPIX multiplexing bioassay platform received the Medical Design Excellence Award.[10][11]


  1. ^ Ray, John J. (16 February 2011). "America's 25 Fastest-Growing Tech Companies". Retrieved 2011-05-15.
  2. ^ Thompson, Heather. "Luminex: Multiple Strengths on a Single Platform". Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry. Retrieved 2011-05-19.
  3. ^ Houser, Brett. "Using Bead-Based Multiplexing Immunoassays to Explore Cellular Response to Drugs". Drug Discover and Development. Retrieved 2011-05-11.
  4. ^ Harding, Anne. "Life Science Technologies". Retrieved 2011-05-19.
  5. ^ Haryean, Armen. "Luminex Receives FDA Clearance for xTAG Flu Test". Retrieved 2011-05-21.
  6. ^ "xTAG Respiratory Viral Panel (RVP) - K063765". Food and Drug Administration. Retrieved 2011-05-20.
  7. ^ Pabbaraju, Kanti; Tokaryk, Kara; Wong, Sallene; Fox, Julie D. (September 2008). "Comparison of the Luminex xTAG Respiratory Viral Panel with In-House Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests for Diagnosis of Respiratory Virus Infections". Journal of Clinical Microbiology. 46 (9): 3056–3062. doi:10.1128/JCM.00878-08. PMC 2546709. PMID 18632902.
  8. ^ "Luminex's xTAG Gastrointestinal Pathogen Panel Gains CE Mark". Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News. Retrieved 2011-05-21.
  9. ^ "2010 Prix Galien USA Award Winners" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-05-17.
  10. ^ "MDEA Program Overview". Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry. Retrieved 2011-05-20.
  11. ^ "2011 Medical Design Excellence Awards". Retrieved 2011-05-17.