Researchers at the University of Cologne were able to show that the results of the 30-minute ICT test were concordant with standard methods, which can take up to 72 hours.
The PCR assay is intended to help detect TB-causing bacteria and determine if it harbors mutations associated with isoniazid and rifampicin resistance.
Using a protocol developed at the University of Oxford, the researchers hope that nanopore sequencing can aid diagnosis and drug resistance profiling in remote areas.
The firm plans to eventually market a direct-from-blood platform that uses infrared spectrometry to identify drug-resistant pathogens within 20 minutes.
The funding will accelerate development of the firm's RaPID diagnostic platform to identify pathogens and drug resistance directly from blood.
Drug-breakpoint updates should provide a clearer regulatory path for AST system makers but it's only one step in the fight against antimicrobial resistance, said Romney Humphries of Accelerate Diagnostics.
Russian companies supported by Skolkovo will gain access to the AMRC's R&D expertise, international connections, and funding mechanisms.
The Gaithersburg, Maryland-based firm intends to use the proceeds for general corporate purposes, including working capital and product development.
A UK-led international consortium is sequencing tuberculosis genomes and cataloguing drug resistance mutations to enable more rapid NGS-based diagnostics.
The firm will apply its qPCR-enabling technology to detection kits for highly polymorphic regions of HIV that confer resistance to protease inhibitors.