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In Brief This Week: Siemens, Roche, Two Pore Guys, BGI, and More

NEW YORK (360Dx) – Siemens Healthineers said this week that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of Fast Track Diagnostics. The deal expands the Siemens Healthineers molecular diagnostics portfolio, the firm said. The closing occurred on Dec. 19. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Roche announced this week that it has commenced a cash tender offer for all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Ignyta for $27 per share. Ignyta develops targeted therapeutics guided by diagnostic tests for patients with cancer. The tender offer is being made pursuant to a merger agreement entered into by Ignyta and Roche on Dec. 21, and will expire on Feb. 7. Following successful completion of the tender offer, any shares not acquired will be acquired in a second step merger at the same price of $27 per share. The closing of the transaction is expected to take place in the first half of 2018.

Two Pore Guys said that it is collaborating with Maxim Integrated products on a series of analog signal-processing technologies for 2PG's solid-state nanopore diagnostic testing platform. As part of the collaboration, Maxim has invested an unspecified amount in 2PG through its venture arm Maxim Ventures. 2PG's hand-held, single-molecule diagnostic testing platform, called MoM for Molecule Meter, uses silicon nanopore chips for both nucleic acid and protein detection via electronic signals. Maxim's chip sets optimize the sensing capabilities of the 2PG technology, the company noted, enabling higher resolution of molecular structures, types, and sizes. The companies will work together to build customized, dedicated chips that reduce cost, size, and power while improving field robustness.

BGI and the Federation of Shenzhen Commerce announced this week that they have signed a memorandum of cooperation to jointly develop the BGI Global Innovation Center. As one of the seven locations of Shenzhen Overseas Innovation Centers, the BGI Global Innovation Center will aim to bridge the medical, education, science, and IT resources of Shenzhen and Seattle and San Jose, BGI said. The center will focus on healthcare, precision medicine, artificial intelligence, and big data.

IGene Laboratory announced this week that its molecular diagnostic laboratory has been granted a license by the Ministry of Health in Singapore to provide its noninvasive prenatal test iGene in the Singapore region. IGene Laboratory is a wholly owned subsidiary of INex Innovations Exchange, a molecular diagnostics company with a focus on women’s and fetal health. The iGene test detects Down syndrome, Edwards syndrome, and Patau syndrome in pregnant mothers.

Precision medicine company OneOme said this week it is partnering with PWNHealth to give patients access to OneOme's RightMed pharmacogenetics test through the firm's website, and without the need to talk to a doctor first. Once a request for the test is initiated, PWNHealth's clinical team will review the request and the health information provided by the patient. If approved, a licensed, independent physician will order the test. When test results are ready, the patient would have to schedule a phone or video consult with a PWNHealth licensed genetic counselor trained in pharmacogenetics to discuss their results. RightMed analyzes a given patient's response to more than 340 medications used to treat more than 30 medical conditions, the firm said.

Technology and managed services firm Concert Genetics has completed a growth capital financing round with a structured facility led by Deerfield Management. The company did not disclose how much money it raised, but noted that the funds would be used to further advance its proprietary digital platform and “enable greater connectivity between providers, laboratories, and health insurers” regarding the use of genetic testing.

Human Longevity and AMRA of Sweden said this week that they have partnered to provide customers of HLI's Health Nucleus service with AMRA's MRI-based body composition profiling. Health Nucleus integrates genomics, metabolic profiling, and other clinical testing with whole-body and brain MRI. The agreement comes after HLI tested AMRA's body composition profiling for more than a year.

In Brief This Week is a selection of news items that may be of interest to our readers but had not previously appeared on the 360Dx site.