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In Brief This Week: Eurobio Scientific, GenDx, Snipr Biome, Diagnostics for the Real World, More

NEW YORK – Eurobio Scientific said this week that it has completed the acquisition of Genome Diagnostics, also known as GenDx. As part of the €135 million ($135 million) deal originally announced in August, Paris-based Eurobio is acquiring all outstanding shares of GenDx, which will continue operations at its Utrecht, Netherlands-based headquarters and its North American office in Chicago. GenDx CEO and Cofounder Wietse Mulder will remain executive director and a member of the board for an initial term of two years, while Cofounder Erik Rozemuller, GenDx's senior scientist for bioinformatics, will transition to a consultancy role to support the R&D team, Eurobio said.  

Snipr Biome said this week that it is making its CRISPR-Cas patent portfolio available for use in noncommercial academic and nonprofit research without a written license. The Copenhagen-based firm has at least 20 patents in the US and Europe covering CRISPR-based genome editing in prokaryotes. 

Diagnostics for the Real World said this week that the New Zealand government has authorized the company's molecular SAMBA II SARS-COV-2, SAMBA II CoV-2/FluA/FluB, and SAMBA II SARS-CoV-2/RSV tests for sale and distribution. The SAMBA II system offers an end-to-end process and provides test results within one hour. The point-of-care system performs sample extraction, isothermal nucleic acid amplification, lateral flow detection, and result interpretation. Meanwhile, the SAMBA tests do not require cold chain transport or storage. 

OpGen said this week that it has closed a previously announced direct offering of 9,660,000 shares of its common stock and 33,810 shares of its Series C mirroring preferred stock, as well as a concurrent private placement of unregistered warrants to purchase up to 9,660,000 shares of common stock, at a purchase price of $.35 per share of common stock. The offering raised approximately $3.38 million, funding that will be used to continue the US commercialization of the firm’s Acuitas AMR Gene Panel, to support commercialization of other products with a focus on the Unyvero platform and tests, and to support further development and commercialization of subsidiary Ares Genetics’ database. The proceeds will also be used for sales and marketing efforts, to invest in manufacturing and operations infrastructure, and to repay certain outstanding debts 

PathoQuest said this week that it has opened a 7,000-square-foot facility in Wayne, Pennsylvania. The company, which is headquartered in Paris, France, offers next-generation sequencing-based biosafety testing services to pharmaceutical companies. 

Waters said this week that along with IDA Ireland, it is investing up to €6 million ($6.7 million) to expand its operations in Wexford, Ireland, to fund research and development of new clinical diagnostics products. The company plans to develop mass spectrometry-based clinical diagnostics. The Wexford facility is the primary manufacturing site for Waters in vitro diagnostic (IVD) systems, reagent kits, and software.  

Eurofins Viracor said this week that it has opened a new laboratory in Lenexa, Kansas. The 110,000-square-foot facility will be used by 450 employees, including 215 current and 235 new ones. It is part of the firm's investment to meet growing customer demand for biopharma and clinical diagnostic testing services. 

In Brief This Week is a selection of news items that may be of interest to our readers but had not previously appeared on GenomeWeb. 

The Scan

UK Pilot Study Suggests Digital Pathway May Expand BRCA Testing in Breast Cancer

A randomized pilot study in the Journal of Medical Genetics points to similar outcomes for breast cancer patients receiving germline BRCA testing through fully digital or partially digital testing pathways.

Survey Sees Genetic Literacy on the Rise, Though Further Education Needed

Survey participants appear to have higher genetic familiarity, knowledge, and skills compared to 2013, though 'room for improvement' remains, an AJHG paper finds.

Study Reveals Molecular, Clinical Features in Colorectal Cancer Cases Involving Multiple Primary Tumors

Researchers compare mismatch repair, microsatellite instability, and tumor mutation burden patterns in synchronous multiple- or single primary colorectal cancers.

FarGen Phase One Sequences Exomes of Nearly 500 From Faroe Islands

The analysis in the European Journal of Human Genetics finds few rare variants and limited geographic structure among Faroese individuals.