FIND is granting an award to Altona Dx, Cepheid, and the Bernhard Nocht Institute to develop an assay for Lassa virus. It also signed an MOU with the UK government to combat antimicrobial resistance.
The kit, designed to rapidly detect 16 beta-lactam and carbapenem-resistant pathogen targets, was CE marked last month.
The newly independent firm will continue to invest in diagnostics by bringing its menu of PCR tests for infectious diseases to the US and other markets, among other objectives.
Despite the astronomical costs, it may prove challenging to reverse course and discontinue Zika testing according to a commentary article accompanying a NEJM study.
The Dublin-based company also aims to raise up to €5 million this year to support additions to its R&D and sales and marketing teams.
The company unveiled forthcoming products for high-throughput molecular testing, diagnostic lab informatics, and microbiology automation.
The firm said that its Cobas CT/NG real-time PCR assay is the first available in the US for the testing of sexually transmitted infections on its 6800 and 8800 systems.
The Artus T. vaginalis QS-RGQ kit is designed for the qualitative detection of Trichomonas vaginalis DNA purified from clinician-collected patient samples.
The company has also developed two liquid biopsy cancer test, Liquid GPS Core for DNA and Liquid GPS Expression for RNA.
The Sentosa SA201 HSV-1/2 PCR test detects herpes virus DNA from oral or anal skin lesions in symptomatic patients.