Innovation

In a world of ever-faster technical change, Mayo Clinic Laboratories is uniquely positioned to innovate. Collaboration with clinicians pinpoints unmet patient needs and facilitates the development of diagnostic testing that provides answers.

By Barbara J. Toman • April 13, 2022

Each day, some 40 to 45 thousand specimens are shipped to Mayo Clinic Laboratories in Rochester, Minnesota, from hospitals and other health care organizations around the world. And for every sample, there’s a patient to whom it belongs, someone on the other end hoping for answers to a challenging, perhaps even life-threatening, condition.

By Chris Bahnsen • March 21, 2022

In a newly published study, a team from Mayo Clinic’s Advanced Diagnostics Laboratory has developed a mass spectrometry-based assay that’s able to detect COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) pathogens from human proteins with, remarkably, 98% sensitivity and 100% specificity. This is the first assay of its kind that can detect viral antigens “directly from clinical specimens” such as nasopharyngeal swabs. Mass spectrometry is a sensitive technique used to detect, identify, and quantitate molecules present in a sample.   

By Chris Bahnsen • October 13, 2021

Mayo Clinic’s Advanced Diagnostics Laboratory (ADL) is a visionary space designed to foster innovation. The ADL has a direct impact on patient lives, bringing promising tests and services to patients at Mayo and around the world.

By Chris Bahnsen • July 12, 2021

A collaborative study between Mayo Clinic and the University of Illinois debunked the previous consensus about how kidney stones grow.

By Chris Bahnsen • June 1, 2021

Mayo Clinic's use of enhanced radio-frequency identification technology to track specimens from the clinical setting to the lab reduces the risk of errors and protects valuable — sometime irreplaceable — patient samples.

By Tracy Will • March 29, 2021