WALTHAM, Mass., Nov. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Inverness Medical Innovations (Amex: IMA) today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Chemogen, Inc. for the worldwide manufacture and distribution of tests for the rapid detection of Mycobacterium, the primary causative agent of tuberculosis. The tests will utilize Chemogen's proprietary antibodies for the detection of Lipoarabinomannan (LAM) antigen in urine as an aid in the diagnosis of current mycobacterial infection (including Tuberculosis), especially in those patients who are HIV positive.
Commenting on the agreement, Ron Zwanziger, CEO of Inverness, said, "HIV is driving a deadly resurgence of TB on a global scale, claiming nearly 2 million lives annually in recent years. The need for reliable TB diagnosis in HIV co-infected populations has become a top priority, especially in the developing world where these two pandemics are taking a devastating toll on human populations. Inverness is already a leading provider of rapid HIV diagnostic tests to these areas and the availability of a reliable test that can diagnose tuberculosis in HIV-infected patients will be a major step forward in the control of the disease."
In addition to the immediate launch of an already developed and highly sensitive ELISA test to endemic regions, Inverness plans to complete the development of a rapid point of care assay that will reliably and rapidly detect LAM in urine samples, using its proprietary lateral flow technology.
By developing new capabilities in near-patient diagnosis, monitoring
and health management, Inverness Medical Innovations enables individuals to
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