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Pathogenica Collaborates With University of Groningen and Amphia Hospital to Reduce Nosocomial Infections
Date:7/11/2013

Boston, MA (PRWEB) July 11, 2013

Pathogenica, Inc. announced that teams from the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) and Amphia Hospital in the Netherlands are pioneering the use of the company’s HAI BioDetection Kit to prevent and control nosocomial infections in their facilities.

With approx. 1,400 beds each, both Amphia and UMCG are among the largest hospitals in the world. Pathogenica’s CEO Adeyemi Adesokan remarked, “With UMCG being one of the world’s largest transplant centers and Amphia’s impressive track record with MRSA hygiene, both of these hospitals are models of excellence in infection control. We’re proud to be working with these trusted leaders in their fields to demonstrate the real-world value of our technology.”

In Groningen, the Department of Medical Microbiology and Infection Prevention (MMB) is piloting the use of Pathogenica’s solution for active surveillance of common drug-resistant bacteria with a focus on Intensive Care Units. Crucial for this approach is the availability of a next-generation sequencing platform, and for this project, the MBB is evaluating use of the Ion PGM Sequencer using data obtained in the “Innovation Laboratory” of Dr. John Rossen and Dr. Bhanu Sinha.

“Our mission is to have eyes for the invisible in order to further improve our care and patient safety,” said Professor Alex Friedrich, Chair of Medical Microbiology and Infection Prevention at UMCG. “The combination of Pathogenica’s technology with a state-of-the art next generation sequencing platform promises same or next-day turnaround for identification of both strain and drug-resistance information about a bacterial infection or colonization.”

In Breda, the team of Professor Jan Kluytmans, Head of Infection Control and Microbiology at Amphia Ziekenhuis, has also been assessing Pathogenica's HAI BioDetection Kit in the work up of an outbreak of multi-resistant E. coli. “The complex ep
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