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At JP Morgan, Qiagen CEO Peer Schatz discussed a new digital PCR system and handheld reader for TB testing; Qiagen's acquisition of N-of-One; and its new sample prep system.

The reagent kit is designed to simplify workflow, improve throughput, and reduce hands-on time and labor costs in performing the T-Spot.TB test.

The UK developers believe that their device has the potential for multiplex testing at the point of care using solid-state nanopore sensing with DNA probes.

The firm will use its solid-state nanopore technology to develop a point-of-care molecular diagnostic device to detect tuberculosis in low-resource areas. 

Earlier this week, the company closed the sale of its US laboratory business to Quest DIagnostics for $170 million in cash.

The PCR assay is intended to help detect TB-causing bacteria and determine if it harbors mutations associated with isoniazid and rifampicin resistance.

Developers claim the immunochromatographic assay has advantages over other tests on the market for diagnosing TB in HIV patients, as well as the conventional approach.

The court ruled that Roche's claims are patent-ineligible because they are "directed to a natural phenomenon and lack any inventive concept" for a patent.

Already, public health organizations in the UK, the Netherlands, and New York state are moving toward implementing NGS for tuberculosis drug susceptibility testing.

The acquisition is expected to close in the fourth quarter and to increase US access to Oxford Immunotec Global's T-Spot.TB tuberculosis test. 

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