German molecular diagnostics firm Curetis and technology group Heraeus Medical said today that they have signed an agreement to jointly develop a cartridge for use on Curetis' Unyvero system to detect pathogens and antibiotic resistance in implant and tissue infections.

Terms of the agreement call for Heraeus and Curetis to co-fund product development. Heraeus' customers will be given access to the Curetis Unyvero nucleic acid testing platform, and Curetis will pay a sales commission for any customers that Heraeus refers to Curetis.

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