SmartGene said this week that it has signed a distribution agreement with Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics arm in France that will allow the latter to distribute SmartGene's HIV-1 Starter Module to customers of Siemens' TrueGene HIV-1 genotyping system.
Specifically, SmartGene, which is based in Zug, Switzerland, said that it has configured the web-based module to support Siemens customers who are generating up to 150 HIV sequences per year. The tool provides drug resistant assessment of HIV sequences according to stipulations from the French National Agency for AIDS Research; and supports the re-analysis of archived viral sequences.
SmartGene also said this week that it has been tapped to provide application services for sequence data management and analysis to public hospitals in the Paris area.
The company's services will be used in virology laboratories within these hospitals to analyze and standardize sequence data, create resistance reports, as well as manage queries and patient follow-up, SmartGene said.