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Molecular Detection Inc. Announces MSSA Label Expansion and Benelux Distribution Agreement for Its Detect-Ready(TM) MRSA Screening Test


10/26/2010 10:58:02 AM

WAYNE, Pa. and LEUSDEN, Netherlands, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Molecular Detection Inc. (MDI), a company developing Detect-Ready tests designed to increase the speed and accuracy of infectious disease diagnosis, and life sciences and diagnostics distributor Westburg BV today announced that they have entered into an exclusive agreement for distribution of MDI's Detect-Ready MRSA panel in the Benelux region. The Detect-Ready panel offers healthcare providers a high-performance MRSA screening test with an unmatched combination of accuracy, speed, flexibility and cost-effectiveness. This new agreement adds to MDI's growing global network of leading distribution partners.

"This agreement with Westburg extends our strategy of partnering our Detect-Ready MRSA test with major distributors in key territories around the globe," said David Wilson, MDI's vice president for commercial operations, Europe. "Westburg's record of providing high quality scientific products to a growing number of end-user markets and their commitment to exceptional customer service will support acceptance of the Detect-Ready panel in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. We anticipate launch in the Benelux region shortly, at which time our Detect-Ready MRSA panel will be available in 10 markets worldwide."

Separately, MDI announced that its Detect-Ready test has been renamed the Detect-Ready MRSA panel in recognition of the fact that it is now CE-marked in the European Union for the detection of MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcusaureus), methicillin-sensitive S. aureus (MSSA), methicillin-resistant non-S. aureus and mixed samples, which are frequently encountered in actual clinical practice. MSSArefers to S. aureus infections that can be treated with standard antibiotics. Both MRSA and MSSA infections pose a growing problem to healthcare facilities and their patients. A screening test that distinguishes the two types of infections is particularly important for physicians making treatment decisions in the hospital setting, where these infections are most likely to be serious and potentially lethal.

"We are proud to be the first company to offer healthcare providers a rapid and accurate screening panel that includes such a wide range of critical clinical targets for S. aureus and related pathogens," said Todd Wallach, CEO of MDI. "This new capability further strengthens the superior qualities of the Detect-Ready test, which provides highly accurate MRSA screening results in a simple, easy-to-use and cost-effective format, and now also uniquely offers the ability to simultaneously screen for MSSA pathogens and mixed samples. This is an example of the scientific leadership we are committed to providing to the infectious disease rapid detection market."

The Detect-Ready MRSA kit is a qualitative real-time PCR (rt-PCR) in vitro diagnostic test for the direct detection of MRSA, MSSA and methicillin-resistant non-S. aureus nasal colonization to aid in the prevention and control of these infections in hospitals and other healthcare settings. The proprietary technology in the Detect-Ready kit provides a unique differential diagnosis engine that produces highly accurate results, minimizing the false positives and false negatives experienced with other screening kits. Samples for testing are simple to obtain using nasal swabs and the kit's ready-to-use pre-mixed reagents require only the addition of patient sample to run the test, which provides results in less than three hours.

"The Detect-Ready MRSA panel is a welcome addition to our portfolio of advanced products for the clinical diagnostics market," said Eppo Boneschanscher, managing director of Westburg BV. "The added capability to distinguish MRSA and MSSA bacteria further enhances what we believe to be the best MRSA screening test on the market today."

Unlike other testing products that require special handling, Detect-Ready kits are off-the-shelf room temperature-stabilized and require no refrigeration. Detect-Ready kits are compatible with multiple rt-PCR platforms currently found in clinical laboratories, including the Roche LightCycler®, Qiagen Rotor-Gene® and Cepheid SmartCycler®. The flexibility to leverage existing infrastructure and equipment to run Detect-Ready panels eliminates the need for additional hospital capital investment.

The Detect-Ready MRSA panel has received the CE mark certification for sales in the European Union. It is currently available in the UK, Germany, Ireland, Switzerland, Spain, Austria and Australia.

Mr. Wallach will kick-off the company presentations at Biotech 2010 with a discussion of recent corporate developments at MDI on October 27, at 9:00 am EDT. Biotech 2010 is the annual joint symposium of BioNJ and Pennsylvania Bio. It will be held October 27-28, 2010, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. For more information, visit www.biotech2010.org

About MRSA and MSSA

Drug-resistant MRSA (methicillin-resistant S. aureus) and MSSA (methicillin-sensitive or susceptible S. aureus) infections are a growing problem in healthcare facilities around the world. Patients in hospitals are at increased risk for these infections, which can be spread by medical personnel and instruments, or from exposure to bacteria on furniture or other surfaces. The incidence of these infections has been rising, and some experts estimate that over 60% of hospital-acquired S. aureus infections are now antibiotic-resistant. MSSA strains are of particular concern for surgery patients where bloodstream MSSA infection can lead to life threatening illness. Screening programs are increasingly being used to prevent the spread of theseinfections, which lead to increased disability and death among hospital patients and also generate high costs for healthcare providers and for the healthcare system as a whole.

About Molecular Detection

Molecular Detection Inc. (MDI), a US-based company with offices in Wayne, PA, Tunbridge Wells, UK and Jerusalem, Israel, is developing and commercializing a portfolio of "sample-to-answer" Detect-Ready molecular diagnostic tests for the detection of infectious diseases. The company's first product is a ready-to-use, rapid detection DNA probe panel for hospital-based MRSA screening. These staph infections represent a growing problem to the healthcare system. Successful MRSA control efforts rely on screening potential carriers to prevent the spread of the disease. The Detect-Ready MRSA panel provides increased accuracy, faster time to results and more efficient utilization of hospital resources compared to other MRSA diagnostic products. It is currently available in the UK, Germany, Ireland, Switzerland, Spain, Austria and Australia, with additional launches expected in the coming months. MDI's real-time PCR tests are based on novel patent-pending technologies for differential diagnosis and room-temperature stabilization. For more information, visit www.detect-ready.com.

About Westburg

Westburg BV is a well-respected distributor of high quality, innovative products for life sciences research and molecular diagnostics. Westburg markets a variety of biochemical reagents and analytic systems for molecular biology, cell biology, protein analysis and molecular diagnostics. Combining products, know-how and excellent service, the company helps its customers save valuable time, effort and cost, with excellent results. Based in the Netherlands, Westburg primarily serves the Benelux countries (the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg). For more information, visit http://www.westburg.eu

Contacts:



Molecular Detection Inc.:

Media:

Westburg BV:

David Wilson

Barbara Lindheim

Eppo Boneschanscher

VP, Commercial Operations Europe

GendeLLindheim BioCom Partners

Managing Director

+44 (0) 1892 704078

+1 (212) 918-4650

+31 33 4950094



SOURCE Molecular Detection Inc.


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