Company News: Curetis Prepares Launch of Second Unyvero™ Application

–      Final clinical performance evaluation study for Unyvero™ i60 ITI application ongoing

–      Study data expected by the end of Q1/2014

Curetis AG, a developer of next-level molecular diagnostic solutions, today announced that it has completed development of its second Unyvero™ application. The new Unyvero™ i60 ITI cartridge rapidly identifies more than 90 pathogens and more than 20 resistance markers common in implant and tissue infections. After successfully manufacturing several lots and completing initial verification testing of the cartridge, the Company has initiated a pivotal study using approximately 500 cartridges to validate analytical, technical and clinical performance for CE marking.

Following the completion of the study scheduled for end of Q1/2014, commercialization of the Unyvero™ i60 ITI is expected to begin in Q2/2014. Curetis will jointly market the cartridge with Heraeus Medical GmbH, the development and commercialization partner for this cartridge. Both companies have already received pre-orders from key opinion leaders and hospitals across central Europe.

The study will use frozen patient specimens – watery/swabs, viscous/purulent, sonication and synovial fluids, and biopsy material –  for diagnosis. The study will compare the molecular test with conventional microbial culture techniques. Discrepant or unexpected results will be resolved by additional tests. The study will also test assay repeatability and reproducibility and establish limit of detection.