sphingotec is Adding an Advanced POC Testing Platform to Portfolio
Product News May 24, 2018
German diagnostics company sphingotec GmbH (Hennigsdorf) and Nexus Dx (San Diego) have combined their technology platforms to market sphingotec's CE-marked acute biomarkers penKid® and bio-ADM® on Nexus' market-validated POC testing immunoassay platform IB10 to substantially improve decision-making in emergency departments (EDs) and intensive care units (ICUs).
This merger of technologies under the jointly owned holding company Polaris MediNet, LLC. allows emergency physicians for the first time to predict and monitor septic shock, monitor kidney function in acute settings and to monitor and diagnose congestion, including residual congestion - the major reason for re-hospitalization and post-discharge mortality in acute heart failure (AHF) - in emergency departments within a few minutes from whole blood without any sample preparation.
Each year, eight million people die from sepsis, 700,000 thereof by acute kidney injury (AKI). Sepsis causes $24 billion in direct annual costs for the U.S. healthcare system while acute heart failure's annual cost of $31 billion is expected to double by 2030. Details of the transaction are subject to confidentiality.
The capability of bio-ADM® to predict circulatory shock in sepsis patients and to predict and monitor residual, diuretic-resistant congestion has been clinically proven by sphingotec in clinical studies with over 20,000 Asian and Caucasian patients. Furthermore, the functional kidney marker, penKid®, has been shown to predict, diagnose and monitor kidney dysfunction . penKid® is a real-time surrogate marker for true (actual) kidney function (true GFR) allowing emergency physicians to timely monitor real-time kidney function in acute settings.
The Nexus IB10 POC platform is an easy-to-handle POC system, allowing the detection of biomarkers from whole blood with accuracy and precision. Thus, it is a great tool to bring valuable biomarkers to the physicians in ED and ICU.
"We are delighted to shortly start European distribution of our acute care biomarkers for therapy monitoring and adjustment on a great POC testing platform," said Dr. Andreas Bergmann, founder and CEO of sphingotec GmbH.
"The addition of sphingotec's next-generation biomarkers to the IB10 platform will allow the timely introduction of a complete solution for the hospital acute point of care market in AKI, AHF and sepsis diagnosis and monitoring," said Nam Shin, CEO of Nexus Dx Inc.