Tests Achieve 100% Concordance on Superbugs
LexaGene Holdings, Inc., a biotechnology company that develops genetic analyzers for rapid pathogen detection and other molecular markers, announced today it has expanded its number of validated tests for antibiotic resistance and has completed testing different superbug isolates provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Antibiotic Resistance (AR) Isolate Bank.
Dr. Jack Regan, LexaGene’s CEO and Founder states, “Antibiotic resistance is a big problem. People are dying every day due to the lack of high-quality, rapid diagnostics at the point of care that can both identify the cause of an infection and determine whether it is resistant to common antibiotics. To address this shortcoming, LexaGene has developed a fully automated, molecular-based diagnostic that can provide these answers in an hour – rather than the typical 3-day turnaround time for a sample shipped to a reference laboratory. To evaluate our newly developed assays, we tested them against the most dangerous antibiotic-resistant bugs we could get our hands on and have been thrilled with the data – as we successfully detected 100% of the targeted genetic sequences.”
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