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The PCR-based cartridge is designed to detect 21 pneumonia pathogens and 19 genetic markers of antibiotic resistance, and runs on the company's Unyvero system.

The company also announced that its Ares Genetics subsidiary has been awarded a €1.6 million grant to develop antibiotic resistance technologies.

The company attributed the drop in revenue to delays in some placements of its Unyvero molecular diagnostic system.

Curetis and BGI subsidiary MGI Tech plan to develop NGS-based diagnostics for microbial infections on the MGISeq instrument for the Chinese market. 

The firms will use MGI's sequencing technology and Curetis' sample prep platform and antibiotic resistance database to develop IVDs, initially for China.

The company also announced a deal to provide in-house testing services to drugmaker Biotest, as well as changes to its management team.

The Inhale project is assessing respiratory disease tests on Oxford Nanopore's MinIon and PCR platforms from Curetis and BioMérieux's BioFire Diagnostics.

The company also disclosed that it has modified the US regulatory package for its lower respiratory tract diagnostic panel after discussions with the FDA.

The new panel is able to detect up to 130 pathogens that cause severe abdominal infections, such as appendicitis and acute pancreatitis. 

The company attributed the decline in part to nonrecurring sales of its Unyvero molecular diagnostic system to partners for clinical trials and regulatory clearances.

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