TUCSON, Ariz., Oct. 10, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HTG Molecular Diagnostics, Inc. (HTGM) (HTG), a diagnostic company whose mission is to advance precision medicine, today provided an update regarding its ongoing efforts related to the development, manufacture and commercialization of companion diagnostic assays.
In November 2016, HTG entered into a Master Assay Development, Commercialization and Manufacturing Agreement with Qiagen Manchester Limited (“QML”), a wholly owned subsidiary of QIAGEN N.V. This master agreement was exclusive as to both HTG and QML in the field of oncology, and non-exclusive in all other fields. As previously disclosed, HTG expects the master agreement to become non-exclusive in the field of oncology at either HTG’s or QML’s election commencing November 16, 2019. As a result, HTG expects that:
- With respect to the two companion diagnostic programs that remain active under the master agreement, HTG will continue to abide by its existing obligations and complete all contracted work.
- Opportunities for the development of new RNA companion diagnostics that are based on the HTG EdgeSeq technology will be contracted directly by HTG with BioPharma customers. These new companion diagnostic opportunities are expected to leverage the existing HTG-Illumina Diagnostic Development Agreement, which has been in place since 2014 and continues to provide HTG with access to Illumina’s diagnostic sequencers and associated sequencing chemistries.
- In the event that an HTG RNA companion diagnostic program reaches the point where global commercialization is required, HTG will be free to partner with any number of third parties, including possibly QML, with respect to distribution and other commercialization activities.
“We view this next phase of development as a natural transition in the evolution of our companion diagnostic efforts, particularly since all of the projects commenced to date under the QML master agreement have utilized Illumina’s diagnostic sequencers and associated chemistries,” said John Lubniewski, President and CEO of HTG. “We look forward to having greater direct control over our RNA companion diagnostic opportunities, while maintaining flexibility as it relates to global commercialization once a program reaches that stage.”
HTG is focused on NGS-based molecular profiling. The company’s proprietary HTG EdgeSeq technology automates complex, highly multiplexed molecular profiling from solid and liquid samples, even when limited in amount. HTG’s customers use its technology to identify biomarkers important for precision medicine, to understand the clinical relevance of these discoveries, and ultimately to identify treatment options. The company’s mission is to empower precision medicine at the local level.
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