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Enigma Diagnostics Announces Signing of Patent Licenses With Roche Molecular Systems, Inc.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Porton Down, England -- Enigma Diagnostics Limited, the decentralized and point-of-care molecular diagnostics company, announced today that it has signed two patent license agreements with Roche Molecular Systems, Inc. (RMS).
The licenses signed on 15 July 2009, provide Enigma full access under patents owned or licensed by RMS and its affiliates to practice HybProbe real-time PCR chemistry and melt analysis and will allow Enigma to commercialize HybProbe PCR tests for human and veterinary in vitro diagnostics on a worldwide basis. The two licenses with RMS complement Enigma's existing patent portfolio as well as intellectual property licensed by Celera Diagnostics for real-time PCR thermal cyclers.
Enigma is currently developing a series of highly multiplexed, HybProbe assays for its infectious disease programs including pandemic and seasonal influenza, chlamydia and MRSA. These tests will be combined with Enigma's revolutionary fully automated real-time PCR system, the Enigma ML (mini-laboratory), enabling fast and accurate 'test and treat' molecular diagnostics at point-of-care.
Financial terms were not disclosed.
About Enigma Diagnostics Limited
Enigma Diagnostics Limited specialises in developing next generation rapid molecular diagnostic instrument platforms for decentralised and point-of-care settings.
Enigma's innovative and proprietary technology combines the speed and sensitivity of real-time PCR (polymerase chain reaction) with the simplicity needed for decentralized and point-of-care testing providing results from a raw sample in less than 60 minutes. The Company is targeting a number of multi-billion pound markets, core among which are the Clinical and high-value Applied Markets. Enigma's commercialization strategy is to maximize revenues from a continuous flow of market leading rapid diagnostic point-of care instrument and assay platforms, based on unique technologies and underpinned by its broad Intellectual Property portfolio. Enigma will partner with market leaders where global penetration of markets is required and where appropriate, will engage regional partners and build in-house sales and marketing capability to direct distribution of its products.
Enigma has an exclusive license from the Defence Science Technology Laboratory to a portfolio of patents, which represent over 15 years of UK Ministry of Defence funded Research. It also has licenses from Applied Biosystems and Celera Diagnostics for commercialization of real-time PCR instruments. Enigma's R&D activities have generated a portfolio of over 50 plus worldwide patent families dedicated to real-time PCR and wider molecular technologies. Many of these patents are granted across a range of core commercial territories including US, EU and Japan with more extensive filing and grants across a number of other key territories.
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