Product News: Curetis to Present Clinical Unyvero™ Data at Major Scientific Conferences

06 Sep 2013

Curetis AG has announced the upcoming presentation of new clinical data on two Unyvero™ applications at the 53rd Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC 2013) in Denver, CO (Sept. 10-13) and at the 65th Joint Annual Meeting of the German Society for Hygiene and Microbiology and the German Society for Infectious Diseases (DGHM/DGI 2013) in Rostock, Germany (Sept 22-25).

Curetis will introduce clinical data from a U.S. pre-FDA trial phase of its Unyvero™ LRT (Lower Respiratory Tract) infection application at the ICAAC conference. The poster ‘Evaluation of a Molecular Multiplex Test For Detection of Respiratory Microorganism and Antibiotic Resistance Genes in Clinical Specimens’* will present data generated at Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Chicago, IL) during the initial familiarization and training phase for the FDA trial. The FDA trial is now being conducted at four sites; all clinical data are blinded until completion of this ongoing trial which is expected for 2014. The LRT application is already marketed and branded outside the U.S. as the Unyvero™ P50 pneumonia application. During ICAAC, Curetis will also showcase its Unyvero™ Solution at booth no. 822 in the exhibition hall.

Moreover, Curetis will present data of its novel Unyvero™ i60 ITI application for the diagnosis of implant and tissue infections detecting pathogens and resistance markers at the annual DGHM/DGI meeting. The poster presentation ‘A new Multiplex PCR-Panel for the Detection of Pathogens Related to Implant and Tissue Infection’† will introduce the panel chosen for the diagnosis of eight indication areas and present initial validation and verification data with clinical samples. Curetis will also host the industry symposium ‘Implant and Tissue Infections - A Diagnostic Challenge’ (Sept. 24, 12:15-1:15pm, Auditorium 2) featuring talks and case studies by Prof. Petra Gastmeier (Berlin, Germany), Dr. Anne Thews (Holzgerlingen, Germany), Prof. Andrej Trampuz (Berlin, Germany), and Dr. Olivier Borens (Lausanne, Switzerland). A second poster based on data independently generated at the University Hospital in Basel, Switzerland will present a ‘Comparison of the Unyvero™ Pneumonia P50 Assay with standard culture and antimicrobial susceptibility testing’.‡

“We are very happy that we can provide further data on the clinical value of our applications and the progress of our pipeline,” said Oliver Schacht, CEO of Curetis. “In fall this year, we will start a clinical CE evaluation study of the i60 ITI application, which we have been developing in close collaboration with our strategic development and commercialization partner Heraeus Medical. We are expecting the launch and marketing roll-out for early 2014.”

Schacht added that Curetis has already started development efforts towards a third application. “We will provide an update at upcoming investor meetings in autumn,” he said.

* Presentation D-1655a, Session: #214 - Diagnosis and Epidemiology of Respiratory Infections, Sept. 13, 8:30-10:30am, Exhibit Hall A.
† Presentation DVP02, Postersession I (StAG Diagnostic Microbiology and Microbiology Procedures Quality Standards), Sept. 23, 3:00pm, Auditorium 1
‡ Presentation KMP14, Postersession II (StAG Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases), Sept. 24, 3:00pm, Room HS323


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About the Unyvero™ System
The CE-marked Unyvero™ System is a versatile hardware platform for the detection of a broad panel of bacteria, fungi and antibiotic resistances from a single sample in one run. It processes a disposable cartridge providing the necessary reagents to complete the analysis from sample to result. It is marketed in Europe, Russia, the Middle East and various other non-European countries. In the U.S., Curetis is running a prospective multi-center clinical trial aimed at achieving FDA clearance registered under NCT01922024.

The platform enables the DNA-based testing of all clinically relevant samples in a fully automated, unsupervised analysis process requiring only few, quick manual preparation steps. The analysis thus can be performed with minimal operator time and without the need of skilled staff or special infrastructure.

Thereby, clinically relevant information is available within about four hours to support an informed therapy decision as early as possible.

The first CE-marked Unyvero™ Cartridge, Unyvero™ P50, focuses on pneumonia testing and simultaneously analyses 39 DNA targets. The second Unyvero™ application for implant & tissue infections is in late-stage product development. Cartridges for additional indications, such as blood stream infections and tuberculosis, are in preparation.