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Seegene, Inc. READ PCR Study Finds High Rate of False Negatives Among Current Tests for Tuberculosis and Sexually Transmitted Disease


4/9/2010 9:17:08 AM

ROCKVILLE, MD and SEOUL, KOREA--(Marketwire - April 09, 2010) - The first clinical studies comparing an innovative READ (Real Amplicon Detection) PCR (polymerase chain reaction) technology against established real-time PCR tests for tuberculosis (TB) and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) found the next-generation READ technology comparable for detecting positive results and superior in detecting false negative results, correcting one-in-four results that previously tested negative by the conventional technology.

"These results reveal the potential for tests based on READ technology to deliver higher levels of efficiency and effectiveness in patient care. Our new Magicplex tests will be a great asset to healthcare providers, enabling clinics to provide better patient care, and giving reference labs the ability to test a wider range of pathogens with remarkably higher specificity and sensitivity," said Jong-Yoon Chun, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Seegene.

Seegene will demonstrate the power of READ technology at the 20th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology Infectious Diseases April 10-13 in Vienna, Austria, and the 26th Clinical Virology Symposium April 25-27 in Daytona, Florida.

Introduced in January 2010 by Seegene, Inc., a leader in multi-pathogen diagnostic testing, the Magicplex READ Real-Time platform combines the advantages of multiplex and nested PCR in a real-time system returning an order-of-magnitude improvement in specificity and sensitivity over currently available PCR systems and creating the potential for high-throughput assays.

Conducted at a major hospital in Korea the objective of the READ comparison study was to demonstrate effectiveness of Magicplex when applied to screenings for common hospital-based pathogens.

TB Test Results:

Testing 498 TB sputum samples the Magicplex test identified the same number of positive outcomes as a widely used Real-time PCR detection method (137/498). However, when Magicplex was then used to test the 186 samples tested negative by the conventional real-time PCR test, Magicplex identified 49 false negative samples. This represents a 26% rate of false negatives for the currently used testing method, or a rate of 10% among the total patient population.

In addition to a superior sensitivity, a critical advantage to the Magicplex TB test for care givers is the ability to use a greater variety of available patient biological samples, including aseptic fluids (pleural fluid, blood, bone marrow, CSF), tissue (fresh tissue, paraffin-embedded tissue, slide tissue), urine, and stool, in addition to the sputum or bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) samples used by conventional tests.

STI / CT Test Results:

Testing 198 swab samples for Chlamydia trachomatis (CT), the Magicplex identified the same number of positive outcomes as a commonly used Real-time PCR test (29/198). However, Magicplex identified 9 false negatives among the 38 samples tested negative by the established PCR method, representing a 24% rate of false negatives or a rate of 5% among the total patient population.

Significantly, while the current test only screened for CT, the Magicplex test simultaneously tested five STI pathogens simultaneously identifying 50 patients with CT/Neisseria gonorrhea, and a further 74 patients presenting with Mycoplasma hominis, Mycoplasma genitalium, or Ureaplasma urealyticum. This wider result revealed 51% of patients in the tested population were positive for STI, highlighting the superior sensitivity of the READ technology but more significantly demonstrating to providers the vital importance for multiplexing in the healthcare setting.

The real-time READ PCR technology of Magicplex assays is a departure from probe- and primer-based PCR methods to produce false-free detection. Real-time READ PCR works in a simple two-step process: first specifically amplifying the DNA sequence of target pathogens, then simply reading those signals using any PCR instrument.

About Seegene

Seegene, Inc. is a biotechnology company specialized in molecular diagnostics and research applications. It holds a novel detection platform named "Seeplex®," which sets a standard in high-throughput and simultaneous multi-pathogen detection called "multiplexing." Seeplex® technology accurately detects multi-pathogens with high-throughput speed, ultimately providing the most economical basis for saving time, labor and cost. Seegene develops, manufactures and markets innovative molecular diagnostic products and services to a worldwide community. Its mission is to maintain leadership in molecular diagnostics for infectious diseases, genetics, pharmacogenetics, and oncology, and chromosomal analyses using innovative proprietary technologies. For more information please visit www.seegene.com or call +301-762-9066.


Contacts:
Miyoun Lee, MSc
Seegene, Inc.
301-762-9066
or
Constantine Theodoropulos
Base Pair Communications
617-816-4637


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