Nanogen, Inc., developer
of molecular and rapid diagnostic products, announced today that it has expanded
its partnership with HandyLab, Inc. by signing a licensing and supply agreement
for use of the company's proprietary Minor Groove Binder (MGB) Probe technology
and synthetic nucleic acid chemistries, including dyes and quenchers, for use
in in vitro diagnostic testing.
Under the licensing agreement, HandyLab receives a non-exclusive license to
market, sell and distribute PCR test kits utilizing Nanogen's patented technology
for use on HandyLab's Jaguar System and other HandyLab systems. Terms of the
agreement include an upfront license fee and a commitment to supply HandyLab
with Nanogen's proprietary PCR products.
“Our proprietary MGB technology continues to be the cornerstone for many
real-time PCR assays in the rapidly expanding molecular diagnostics market,”
said David Ludvigson, Nanogen's President and Chief Operating Officer.
“HandyLab will use our PCR products together with their automated testing
platform to provide a complete testing solution for molecular laboratories.”
“HandyLab is excited to pair our novel Jaguar automated nucleic acid
test system with Nanogen's proven MGB chemistry technology,” said
Jeff Williams, President and Chief Executive Officer of HandyLab. “This
agreement positions us as a fully integrated company with a unique solution
for the molecular diagnostic market.”
This licensing agreement marks the expansion of an already established partnership.
In 2008, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded a
$10.4 million, two-year contract to Nanogen for the development of a multi-analyte
molecular diagnostic assay for Influenza. The Influenza test is being developed
for use with the HandyLab microfluidic real-time PCR Raider instrument.
Nanogen's MGB technology is licensed broadly in various fields and is
now an integral component in thousands of PCR probe products. Nanogen has more
than 35 reagent and kit products that are sold for clinical diagnostic use under
the MGB Alert and Q-PCR Alert brands.