Eurofins Expands its Transplantation Testing Footprint with the Acquisition of Transplant Genomics Inc.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Innovations in Non-Invasive Kidney Transplant Assessment Help Improve Diagnostic Reliability and Reduce Rejection Risk
Eurofins Scientific (EUFI.PA), a global scientific leader in bioanalytical testing, announces that it has successfully closed the acquisition of Transplant Genomics Inc. (“TGI”), a molecular diagnostics company committed to improving organ transplant outcomes with non-invasive serial monitoring guided by genomics.
TGI’s innovative non-invasive tests for the management of patients with silent inflammation and rejection following kidney transplants will strengthen and complement Eurofins’ industry leading global Transplant Diagnostics offering, which includes VRL, Inc., the largest pre-transplant laboratory in the U.S. and Viracor, Inc., the largest specialty post-transplant clinical laboratory in the U.S. Viracor currently serves approximately 70% of all transplant programs in the U.S., focusing on post-transplant infectious disease and immune status monitoring services. Eurofins’ Transplant Diagnostics capabilities and market footprint provide an ideal platform in which to launch TGI’s highly anticipated TruGraf blood gene expression test, capable of reliably ruling out “silent” subclinical kidney rejection in kidney transplant patients with stable kidney function. TGI has recently received a draft Local Coverage Determination (LCD) decision from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) via Palmetto GBA’s Molecular Diagnostic Services (MolDX) Program, supporting the upcoming launch of TruGraf.
Kidney transplantation is universally recognized as the treatment of choice for patients with End Stage Renal Disease. Clinical outcomes of kidney transplantation have improved steadily for decades, although rejection of the transplanted organ remains one of the key challenges to long-term survival. The current standard method for ruling out the presence of subclinical allograft rejection in patients with stable renal function consists of performing a “surveillance” organ biopsy, which is an invasive technique that suffers from high cost, sampling error, subjective analysis, logistical challenges for patients and transplant centers, and potential complications. Moreover, ~80% of surveillance biopsies are negative (i.e. normal) and as a result, these patients are unnecessarily subjected to the risks of a biopsy. As a solution to this challenge, TGI worked with leading researchers at Northwestern University’s Comprehensive Transplant Center and The Scripps Research Institute to develop TruGraf. TruGraf is the first blood test that allows physicians to reassure patients with stable renal function following kidney transplants that their graft is not harbouring silent rejection without the need for an invasive and costly surveillance biopsy. This technology is also expected to be useful in other transplanted organ types for both subclinical and clinical rejection
Comment from Dr. Gilles Martin, Eurofins CEO: “We are very pleased to welcome Transplant Genomics and its team of outstanding scientists to the Eurofins Group. This acquisition significantly reinforces the large existing range of innovative tests our Group laboratories offers to transplant hospitals and practitioners in the United States and strengthens Eurofins leadership position in the transplant testing market and our ability to deploy the latest scientific advances to benefit patients.”
Comment from Dr. Stan Rose, Transplant Genomics CEO: “Transplant Genomics is very excited to become part of Eurofins, the global leader in Transplant Diagnostics. Joining the Eurofins Group will enable us to launch our TruGraf subclinical kidney rejection assay in the best possible conditions to enable us to improve organ transplant outcomes for as many patients as possible.”
Comment from Dr. Michael Abecassis, Transplant Genomics co-Founder and Founding Director of the Comprehensive Transplant Center at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine: “When Dan Salomon and I co-Founded TGI with Stan Rose, our primary and only objective was to ensure that our patients would someday benefit from our biomarker discovery research to improve their transplant outcomes. TGI has been the perfect initial vehicle to address this objective by monetizing the regulatory requirements to commercialize our discovery bringing our research closer to the bedside. By acquiring TGI, Eurofins will not only fully deliver on our initial objective, but will also help us deliver on our promise to Dan, who was taken from us prematurely 2 years ago, to secure his legacy in this space. We look forward to working closely with our new partners at Eurofins as we continue to discover, develop, and validate innovative, non-invasive biomarker approaches that provide actionable information to improve transplant outcomes across organs, establishing new standards in the monitoring and management of our transplant patients.”
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About Transplant Genomics, Inc.
Transplant Genomics Inc. (“TGI”) is a molecular diagnostics company committed to improving organ transplant outcomes, with an initial focus on kidney transplant recipients. Working with the transplant community, TGI is commercializing a suite of tests enabling diagnosis and prediction of transplant recipient immune status. Test results will support clinicians with information to optimize immune-suppressive therapy, enhance patient care and improve graft survival. Test services are offered through TGI’s CLIA laboratory in Pleasanton, CA.
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