New Multiplex test for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
Bath, UK, 15th March, 2016. Atlas Genetics Ltd (“Atlas Genetics” or the “Company”), the ultra-rapid Point-Of-Care (POC) molecular diagnostics company, today announces that it has been awarded an SBRI grant from Innovate UK to assist in the development of an ultra-rapid POC multiplex STI test measuring the four most commonly occurring pathogens (Chlamydia trachomatis, Neisseria gonorrhoea, Trichomonas vaginalis and Mycoplasma genitalium) in less than 30 minutes.
Atlas Genetics will develop an ultra-rapid POC stratified medicine diagnostic for patients presenting to Sexual Health Clinics with urethritis, which will allow immediate and accurate selection of appropriate and effective antibiotic treatment. Atlas will be collaborating with the Applied Diagnostic Research and Evaluation Unit at St George’s, University of London and Aquarius Population Health. Key elements of this project include cost-effectiveness modelling of introducing this multi-pathogen test, as well as a study on its potential patient impact. The £150,000 grant will be shared between the three organisations.
John Clarkson, CEO of Atlas Genetics, said: “With our Chlamydia test now approved in Europe and our combined Chlamydia/Gonorrhoea test planned for clinical trials later this year, the next step for Atlas is to develop a multiplex test which covers the majority of pathogens for patients entering sexual health clinics. We are very excited to be working with St Georges and Aquarius Population Health on this important project.”
Dr Tariq Sadiq, Chief Investigator at St George’s, University of London, commented: “This is a very exciting development in the STI world. The diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections has become very challenging for doctors and this new test will allow for patients to have their precise infection identified to enable treatment with the correct antibiotics, immediately after they see a doctor.”
Dr Elisabeth Adams, Managing Director of Aquarius Population Health, added: “We are thrilled to collaborate on this project and develop evidence to demonstrate the likely costs, benefits and cost-effectiveness of an innovative STI test. Results have the potential to positively impact patient care, increase efficiency within the NHS, and improve antimicrobial stewardship.”
Approval of Chlamydia test for marketing and sale in Europe
Bath, UK, February 8, 2016. Atlas Genetics Ltd (“Atlas Genetics” or the “Company”), the ultra-rapid Point-Of-Care (POC) molecular diagnostics company, today announces that it has received approval to CE Mark its Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) test to be launched on the Company’s io® platform. By meeting the requirements of the IVD Directive (98/79/EC), the CT test is now cleared for sale within the European Union.
The launch of the io® CT test signals a new era in ultra-rapid molecular diagnostics. This is the first molecular POC test for a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) to enter the market, capable of delivering test results in just 30 minutes. With the speed and accuracy of the io® CT product, the testing and treatment of patients within a single, brief visit to the clinic now becomes a reality. The evaluations conducted on the io® CT test demonstrated that performance is equivalent to the gold standard laboratory test and will not be compromised by the transition of testing away from the central laboratory to the POC setting, or by the level of experience of the operator performing the test. The benefit of the io® platform is to provide a rapid result, delivered immediately to the patient which has the potential to improve patient outcomes, decrease onward transmission and reduce healthcare costs.
The Chlamydia test is the first in a pipeline of tests to be launched on the io® platform. Further menu development will include tests for Gonorrhoea, Trichomonas vaginalis and other STIs, for both the European and US markets. Whilst Atlas’s commercialisation strategy is initially focused on the area of sexual health, the io® platform technology can be applied in a wide range of infectious disease and oncology diagnostic test areas.
John Clarkson, CEO of Atlas Genetics, said: “This is a major milestone for Atlas Genetics and marks the beginning of the next phase of growth for Atlas as we move to commercialise our first product and expand the io® infectious disease menu of tests. STIs are on the rise and the faster a diagnosis can be made, the faster treatment can be given, not only benefiting the patient but also saving time and money. We believe that our io® platform will play a key role in the future of STI diagnosis.”