MDI and Eldan Electronic Instruments Announce Distribution Agreement for Detect-Ready® MRSA Panel in Israel
News Jul 21, 2011
Molecular Detection Inc. (MDI), and life sciences and diagnostics distributor Eldan announces that they have entered into an exclusive agreement for distribution of MDI’s Detect-Ready MRSA Panel in Israel and the Palestinian territories.
The Detect-Ready MRSA Panel is a qualitative real-time PCR in vitro diagnostic test that is marketed in the European Union (EU) and Australia and is in late-stage development in the US.
The Detect-Ready MRSA Panel is CE-marked for the detection of MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and MSSA (methicillin-sensitive S. aureus) and is the only marketed PCR-based MRSA screening test with the proven ability to accurately discriminate between these pathogens and other related bacteria. This new agreement adds to MDI’s growing global network of leading distribution partners.
This new distribution agreement follows MDI’s announcement last week that it has received a notice of allowance from the US Patent and Trademark Office for a patent application covering a key aspect of its technology that accurately distinguishes between samples containing MRSA, MSSA and mixed populations of bacteria.
The methods covered in the new patent, which are broadly applicable to all antibiotic-resistant bacteria, add legal backing to a growing body of independent data confirming that the Detect-Ready panel is the most technically advanced MRSA screening test available.
“This agreement with Eldan extends our strategy of partnering our Detect-Ready MRSA Panel with major distributors in key territories around the globe,” said Todd Wallach, CEO of MDI.
Wallach continued, “For over 50 years, Eldan has been providing high quality scientific and medical products to a wide range of customers, and we believe they will be a major asset in driving market acceptance of the Detect-Ready MRSA Panel in Israel . Our Detect-Ready MRSA Panel is based on proprietary technologies developed in our Israeli laboratories, so it is fitting that this advanced test is now available to healthcare institutions throughout Israel and in the Palestinian territories.”
Drug-resistant, potentially deadly MRSA infections are a growing problem in healthcare facilities around the world. The Detect-Ready Panel’s high degree of accuracy and ability to discriminate between key S. aureus pathogens results from its proprietary differential diagnosis technology, which produces highly accurate data that minimize the false positive results experienced with other MRSA screening tests and ensure that clinicians and healthcare facilities have the timely and reliable information they need to assess patient risk at the time of admission.
Samples for testing are simple to obtain using nasal swabs and the kit’s ready-to-use pre-mixed reagents require only the addition of patient sample to run the test, which provides results in less than three hours.
“The Detect-Ready MRSA Panel is an excellent addition to our portfolio of advanced products for the clinical diagnostics market,” said Yaron Yaniv, CEO of Eldan.
Yaniv continued, “We believe that our well-established reputation for professionalism, high quality products and outstanding service will help us achieve good acceptance of the Detect-Ready MRSA Panel, a high-performance screening test providing an unmatched combination of accuracy, speed, flexibility and cost-effectiveness.”
Unlike other testing products that require special handling, Detect-Ready kits are off-the-shelf room temperature-stabilized and require no refrigeration.