hepatitis B

The test adds to the firm's current portfolio of 30 infectious disease and oncology tests that use its Sentosa PCR and NGS workflow.

Following a beta evaluation of the system, a virology lab in Sheffield, UK, ran a workflow assessment and found improvements with the system.

The tests are the first assays approved by the FDA to run on the firm's Cobas 6800 and Cobas 8800 systems. 

The DxN Veris was recently launched as a CE-marked product with a menu of viral load tests, and will launch in a few years in the US with STD and HAI assays. 

The new company will be focused entirely on hepatitis B, although officials previously said that Tekmira's other non-HBV RNAi programs would continue to advance.

The new assay expands a portfolio of viral load monitoring tests for the Cobas 6800 and 8800 systems.

The company also recently paid $7 million for an exclusive option on an undisclosed RNAi technology and related intellectual property.

The company also disclosed that it intends to continue working on its non-HBV RNAi drugs that have entered human testing, but was less clear about earlier-stage ones.

The news marks a key milestone for Tekmira, which announced earlier this month that it would merge with OnCore Biopharma to become an HBV-focused drug developer.

The news marks the latest setback for the company, which came under fire late last year over disappointing clinical results on the drug.

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