Company News: Curetis Initiates Prospective Multicenter Unyvero™ Study in Europe
– Study to demonstrate added value of Unyvero™ P50 pneumonia application in clinical routine –
Curetis AG today announced the start of an additional prospective, multicenter clinical trial of its marketed Unyvero™ P50 Pneumonia Application to demonstrate its clinical and health economic value.
The CE performance evaluation completed last year already demonstrated 81% sensitivity at 99% specificity for detecting pneumonia-causing pathogens. Following the market launch in April 2012, Curetis in 2013 presented data from more than 1,000 patient samples showing overall sensitivity of its pathogen panel of 80.6% at a specificity of 96% (ECCMID European Conference of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Berlin).
The new multicenter study aims to establish real-world data on the health economic impact of fast, patient-near molecular testing and subsequent therapy adjustments (if necessary). It will be conducted in five leading European centers and will involve several hundred critically ill patients with pneumonia requiring mechanical ventilation. The study is designed to first evaluate the current pneumonia treatment and clinical outcome situation by detailed chart reviews comparing patients having received initial adequate, respectively inadequate treatment. Data will be used to fine tune endpoints for the interventional, randomized second part of the study, which aims to investigate the potential clinical and economic benefit of the Unyvero™ system. Parameters analyzed will be, e.g. type of antibiotic regimen and costs, length of stay in the ICU, etc.
Participating clinicians are world-renowned intensive care, pulmonology and microbiology specialists: Prof. Manfred Quintel (University of Goettingen), Prof. Tobias Welte (MHH University Clinic Hanover), Prof.s Philippe Eggimann and Gilbert Greub (CHUV University Hospital of Lausanne), Prof. Mathias Pletz (Jena University) and Prof. Antoni Torres (University Hospital Clinic Barcelona).
Preliminary results of the study are expected by the end of this year.
 Abstract Nr. 2360: M. Klein et al., First clinical validation of a rapid molecular test (Unyvero™ P50 Pneumonia Application) detecting microorganisms and antibiotic resistances in patients suspected with severe pneumonia.