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The Harvard University spinout uses a combination of proprietary probes, nanoarrays, and convection PCR to target a broad set of molecular biomarkers.
Researchers analyzed the urinary tract microbiomes of 1,600 older women to find it is distinct from the microbiomes of nearby body sites.
The startup is exploring options with potential partners and plans to bring a urinary tract infection test through regulatory channels in the next two years.
The study is one of several recent efforts to detect bacteria directly with mass spec, which could eliminate the need for culturing and speed turnaround time.
The combined firm will be based in Gaithersburg, Maryland and will focus on infectious disease diagnostics and antimicrobial resistance prediction services.
The firm hopes to seek 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration for its combined identification and antimicrobial sensitivity test by the end of 2019.
As part of the deal, which is worth at least $3 million for the first five years, Primerdesign will develop and supply 384-well plate molecular assay panels for Genesis.
The company said it expects to submit its Acuitas assay for common causes of urinary tract infections to the US Food and Drug Administration early next year.
Using meat and clinical samples collected prospectively over a year, researchers found evidence for poultry-to-human transmission of Escherichia coli sequence type 131.
The award will go toward the development of MicrobeDx's technology for detecting the presence of bacteria in clinical urine specimens and to which antibiotics they are susceptible.
President Donald Trump might not approve the stricter standards the US Food and Drug Administration is developing for authorizing a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, according to Politico.
Wired reports that Oxitec has now developed a genetically modified fall armyworm.
A large genetic study finds SARS-CoV-2 viruses with a certain variant are spreading more than others, according to the Washington Post.
In Nature this week: sister-chromatid-sensitive chromosome conformation capture approach, and more.