PARIS & CAMBERLEY, England--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Regulatory News:
Novacyt (EURONEXT GROWTH: ALNOV; AIM: NCYT), an international specialist in clinical diagnostics, announces that its protein diagnostics division, Lab21 Products (Lab21), has launched a new product for the diagnosis of infectious mononucleosis (IM), also known as glandular fever.
PathFlow™ Mononucleosis is a qualitative lateral flow immunoassay for the detection of IM antibodies in the blood. IM is frequently misdiagnosed as a bacterial infection, streptococcal pharyngitis, due to common clinical presentation of the diseases at onset. IM is, however, caused by the Epstein–Barr virus (EBV) and, as a virus, IM does not respond to antibiotic treatment. PathFlow™ Mononucleosis provides a rapid and effective differential diagnosis to patients with IM over streptococcal pharyngitis. PathFlow™ Mononucleosis also facilitates antibiotic stewardship by ensuring antibiotics are not offered to patients owing to a misdiagnosis and helping to address the global issue of antibiotic resistance.
IM is a global disease affecting both sexes equally1, which is typically observed in 60-100 per 100,000 people2. EBV antibodies are detected in 50% of children by 5 years of age3. Although the market for IM testing is relatively small it is an important niche infectious disease market and it is expected that PathFow™ will give clinicians a quick and reliable product to help manage their patients.
The launch of PathFlow™ Mononucleosis is the first product in a series of high quality, lateral flow immunoassays, which will form part of Novacyt’s growing catalogue of rapid infectious disease diagnostics and aid Lab21’s position as a leader in microbial diagnostic kits. Branded under the name PathFlow™, these products will utilise rapid lateral flow technology, with a focus on patient pathways and improving clinical outcomes. Lab21 plans to launch a number of new products for common winter associated diseases in time for the winter peak in 2018.
Graham Mullis, Group CEO of Novacyt, commented:
“Lab21 Products has significant experience of developing rapid and reliable diagnostic solutions for infectious diseases. The launch of PathFlow™ Mononucleosis, the first product in the PathFlow™ product family, demonstrates our continued commitment to the R&D-led growth of our overall growth strategy. This exciting new range of diagnostic test kits enhances our new product pipeline, with a number of additional launches expected during 2018, and strengthens our position in the rapidly growing infectious disease market.”
About Novacyt Group
The Novacyt Group is a rapidly growing, international diagnostics group with a growing portfolio of cancer and infectious disease products and services. Through its proprietary technology platform, NOVAPrep®, and molecular platform, genesig®, Novacyt is able to provide an extensive range of oncology and infectious disease diagnostic products across an extensive international distributor network. The Group has diversified sales from diagnostic reagents used in oncology, microbiology, haematology and serology markets, and its global customers and partners include major corporates.
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2 Evan et al 1997, Morrison and Edmunds 2002: Rosdahl et al 1973
3 De Paschale M, Clerici P. Serological diagnosis of Epstein-Barr virus infection: Problems and solutions. World Journal of Virology. 2012;1(1):31-43. doi:10.5501/wjv.v1.i1.31