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MGI and Curetis to Collaborate on NGS-based Infectious Disease Diagnostics

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Curetis N.V. (the "Company" and, together with Curetis GmbH, "Curetis"), a developer of next-level molecular diagnostic solutions, and MGI, a fully-owned subsidiary of BGI Group, one of the world's leading genome sequencing centers headquartered in Shenzhen, Guangdong, P. R. China, today announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a broad collaboration to develop targeted Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) IVD assays for microbial infections.

The assay will target a comprehensive panel of pathogens and genetic antibiotic resistance markers and will be applicable to a wide spectrum of native patient sample types. The intended laboratory workflow will combine the Unyvero L4 Lysator by Curetis with MGI's SP100 Sample Preparation System and MGISeq NGS Sequencers to allow fully automated lysis, DNA extraction, NGS library preparation and sequencing or an integrated workstation. The resulting NGS data will be interpreted for pathogen identification and genetic antibiotic resistance markers by an app as a part of the data analysis software. The app will be developed by Ares Genetics GmbH, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Curetis GmbH based in Vienna, Austria. The assay will be commercialized by MGI in Greater China first and potentially by Curetis in other geographies. Financial details were not disclosed.