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First Bedside DNA Test to be Introduced in Malta by Technoline

Ottawa, Ontario (PRWEB) February 26, 2013

Spartan Bioscience today announced a distribution agreement with Technoline for the Spartan RX—the first bedside DNA test in medicine.(1) Technoline is the leading provider of healthcare and life science products in Malta.

The Spartan RX point-of-care DNA testing system identifies carriers of CYP2C19 loss-of-function mutations, which are carried by approximately 30% of the world’s population.(2) Genetic carriers who receive Plavix® (clopidogrel) following a cardiac stent have a 42 percent higher risk of death, stroke, or heart attack in the first year compared to non-carriers.(3) In 2009, Plavix® was the second best-selling drug in the world, with over $9 billion in revenues.

“Technoline has over 30 years of experience in bringing innovative life science products to Malta,” said Paul Lem, M.D., CEO of Spartan Bioscience. “We are excited to work with Technoline to bring rapid DNA testing to doctors and patients in Malta.”

“We are privileged to be entrusted with the opportunity to offer the Spartan RX to our cardiologists,” said Ivan Vassallo, Sales & Marketing Manager of Technoline. “The Spartan RX is an excellent fit with Technoline’s goal of helping doctors improve the lives of their patients.”

About the Spartan RX CYP2C19
The Spartan RX CYP2C19 is the first bedside DNA test in medicine.(1) It identifies carriers of CYP2C19 genetic mutations in 1 hour. These mutations are carried by approximately 30 percent of the world’s population.(2) Genetic carriers who receive Plavix® following a cardiac stent insertion to open clogged arteries have a 42 percent higher risk of death, stroke, or heart attack in the first year compared to non-carriers.(3) Currently, genetic testing is performed in central labs and it takes up to seven days to get a test result back. A rapid test is needed because most of the complications for CYP2C19 carriers occur in the first 24 to 48 hours.(3,4) In March 2010, the FDA issued a warning for Plavix regarding CYP2C19 poor metabolizers. The Spartan RX CYP2C19 has CE IVD Mark regulatory approval for Europe and other countries recognizing the CE IVD Mark. Spartan Bioscience is working towards FDA 510(k) clearance in the United States. For more information, please visit our website at:

About Spartan Bioscience
Spartan Bioscience is the leader in point-of-care DNA testing. The Spartan RX is the first complete sample-to-result, point-of-care DNA testing system in medicine. It is a fully integrated DNA collection, extraction and analysis platform, with an intuitive interface that is easy to operate—no laboratory training required. For the first time, healthcare providers and their patients can get DNA results on demand. For more information, please visit our website at:

The Spartan logo is a registered trademark of Spartan Bioscience Inc.
Plavix is a registered trademark of Bristol-Myers Squibb/Sanofi Pharmaceuticals.

1. Roberts JD et al. (2012). Lancet. 379: 1705–1711.
2. Damani SB, Topol EJ. (2010). J Am Coll Cardiol. 56:109–111.
3. Mega JL et al. (2009). N Engl J Med. 360:354–362.
4. Wiviott SD et al. (2007). N Engl J Med. 357:2001–2015.

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