Lexington, MA, April 24, 2013 (Embargoed until 2:00 PM US Eastern Time) T2 Biosystems, a company developing direct detection products enabling superior diagnostics, today announced the publication of research supporting the Company's flagship diagnostic test, T2Candida, in Science Translational Medicine. The research highlights T2Candida as a breakthrough approach to rapid and sensitive identification of species-specific Candida, a sepsis-causing fungus, directly from whole blood in approximately three hours, or up to 25 times faster than the current gold standard of blood culture. This publication marks the first clinical study of patient samples with T2 Magnetic Resonance (T2MR) technology. Bloodstream infections of Candida, known as candidemia, are associated with a 40% mortality rate, largely due to the elapsed time from infection onset to pathogen diagnosis and treatment, which can take from two to five days with blood culture. With early identification of the specific species, this high mortality rate can be reduced to 11%.
"The rapid detection of Candida is of critical need within the healthcare community, where time is of the essence to enable life-saving treatment decisions," said Eleftherios Mylonakis, MD, Dean's Professor of Medicine, Chief, Infectious Disease Division, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and investigator in this study. "Studies have shown that each hour of delayed treatment increases the mortality of sepsis patients significantly, by up to 8% or more. This research outlines how T2 magnetic resonance can revolutionize the field, with great implications on mortality rates and healthcare costs."
"This research represents the first time that Candida has been identified directly from whole blood in patient samples with highly sensitive T2MR technology that affords limits of detection as low as 1 CFU/mL," added Tom Lowery, PhD, Vice President, Diagnostics Research & Development
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