AdvanDx announces U.S. and E.U. commercial launch of QuickFISH™ (20 Min. Pathogen ID), the first molecular test to enable reporting of pathogen identification at the time of Gram stain results from positive blood cultures

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AdvanDx announces U.S. and E.U. commercial launch of FISH™ (20 Min. Pathogen ID), the first molecular test to enable reporting of pathogen identification at the time of Gram stain results from positive blood cultures

AdvanDx, Inc.Roger D. Graham, Jr.Chief Commercial Officer+1-866-376-0009

AdvanDx, Inc. today announced the commercial launch of FISH™, a new rapid pathogen identification test for potential life threatening bloodstream infections. FISH will be available beginning September 24. FISH marks a significant advance in time-to-result and ease-of-use that will help clinicians, hospital pharmacists and clinical microbiologists optimize antibiotic therapy much earlier for patients with bloodstream infections, including septicemia, caused by dangerous bacterial pathogens including and coagulase-negative staphylococci. AdvanDx received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on April 3, 2012 and completed the CE mark requirements as part of the launch process with their U.S. and European Union commercial organizations. Additional FISH assays for identification of other clinically important microbial species are currently in development for launch in 2012 and 2013 and will provide continued opportunities for AdvanDx and health care providers to work together to improve patient care and reduce overall healthcare costs in the United States and Europe.

FISH is a new, rapid, molecular diagnostic platform developed by AdvanDx based on its clinically proven proprietary PNA technology. The new platform enables unprecedented (20 minute) species identification of bacteria directly from positive blood cultures allowing the reporting of pathogen identification at the same time as the reporting of Gram stain results.

“FISH is an innovation that will revolutionize antimicrobial therapy. It provides valuable information rapidly, enabling the prescriber to provide effective antimicrobial therapy more quickly to patients with bloodstream infections, which will help to save lives, decrease the number of hospital days for our patients and allow for cost savings and improve other clinical outcomes,” said Dr. Keith S. Kaye, M.D., M.P.H., Professor of Medicine and Corporate Medical Director, Infection Prevention, Epidemiology and Antimicrobial Stewardship, Detroit Medical Center and Wayne State University. “FISH will also improve antibiotic stewardship efforts and decrease inappropriate and unnecessary antibiotic utilization. This in turn will help to improve patient safety and limit antibiotic resistance. At both the level of the individual patient and the healthcare provider, as well as from a public health perspective, FISH is a welcomed innovation that will improve the management of bloodstream infections.”

AdvanDx believes the speed and ease-of-use of FISH within the microbiology lab will provide positive clinical and financial benefit to patients, health care providers and institutions by enabling more targeted antibiotic therapy. “The unmatched speed and simplicity of the FISH procedure, which allows the laboratory to report pathogen identification to clinicians with the Critical Value Gram stain result, provides a much greater ability to optimize therapy within half an hour of receiving a positive blood culture,” said Jim Coull, Ph.D, Chief Technology Officer for AdvanDx. “Until today, the ability to provide pathogen identification in 20 minutes or less from a positive blood culture was not possible. FISH is specifically designed to address laboratory workflow needs while assuring that clinicians receive the critical information that enables them to best optimize antibiotic therapy. We believe FISH is a major advance for patients and their health care providers.”

Critical Values are laboratory results that indicate a condition likely to have significant medical implications for the patient requiring immediate clinical intervention. As outlined in the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) guidelines, the communication of Critical Values to a health care provider must be performed immediately. At most U.S. healthcare facilities, the Gram stain Critical Value for a positive blood culture is required to be reported and receipt confirmed by the clinician within one hour of the blood culture turning positive. Today, nearly half of patients with bloodstream infections receive suboptimal therapy exposing them to an increased risk of death as well as higher costs of treatment and/or duration of hospital stay. Delay in administration of appropriate antibiotics is associated with a 7.6% decrease in the survival rate of patients for each hour therapy is delayed. Given the life threatening nature of bloodstream infections, FISH, for the first time, allows clinicians, laboratory technicians and pharmacists, to work together to provide better targeted therapy, more quickly than has previously been possible with other molecular diagnostics tests and conventional methods of pathogen identification.

AdvanDx is a leading provider of rapid and accurate molecular diagnostic tests for identification of pathogens that cause critical infections in hospitalized patients. Our mission is to improve antibiotic decision-making and patient outcomes while limiting unnecessary and inappropriate antibiotic use and reducing healthcare costs.

AdvanDx employs a unique, Whole Cell Analysis (WCA) approach to pathogen identification using our proprietary Peptide Nucleic Acid Fluorescence Hybridization (PNA FISH®) technology platform. This technology enables fast and highly accurate single cell analysis for bacterial species identification in samples from patients with critical infections.

AdvanDx is the market leader in molecular testing of positive blood cultures enabling clinical microbiology labs to report pathogen identification results 48 to 72 hours earlier than with conventional testing methods. When used by physicians and pharmacists to ensure early, appropriate antibiotic therapy for patients with bloodstream infections, including septicemia, AdvanDx’s PNA FISH® tests have been shown in clinical studies to reduce mortality rates, shorten the length of hospital stay, and lower hospital costs.

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