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First Bedside DNA Test to be Introduced in Malta by Technoline
Date:2/26/2013

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
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