Based on its recent analysis of the global molecular testing market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes PathogenDx, Inc. with the 2021 Global Technology Innovation Leadership Award for its DetectX-Rv and EnviroX-Rv tests. PathogenDx adapted its unique testing platform by combining multiplexed end-point, real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) with DNA microarray technology to enable testing for COVID-19 in people, in the air, and on contact surfaces. The DETECTx–Rv utilizes nasopharyngeal swabs, nasal aspirate or fluids, and viral RNA isolation kits and contains more probes on its microarray to drive 100% specificity in the test.
“PathogenDx’s testing technology harnesses all the different historical mutations and evolves to add the necessary probes quickly within three to four weeks, capturing new mode mutations without a significant linear cost increase,” said Daniel Ruppar, Consulting Director at Frost & Sullivan. “With an ultra-rapid sample-to-result testing turnaround time of four and a half hours, PathogenDx aims to simplify and expedite COVID-19 detection. Its novel platform enhances COVID-19 detection accuracy and efficacy without compromising sensitivity and specificity so users can diagnose low viral load transmission and limit infection spread.”
The company’s DetectX-Rv can triage patients by distinguishing among several other flu-like symptoms, such as cold and influenza A and B, from COVID-19. The test complements this accuracy with high throughput, offering 96 tests per kit. PathogenDx is looking to scale and maximize the throughput by enabling pooled sample testing to accommodate up to 3,456 tests on six plates of the 96-well microarray and deploy continuous processing manually with four lab technicians or through automation. Furthermore, PathogenDx’s test applies its One-step PCR that maximizes DNA amplification using similar amplification technologies, such as next-generation sequencing or Droplet Digital-PCR, leading to 10 times better accuracy than with other FDA-approved PCR-based tests.
Furthermore, PathogenDx provides its environmental screening and monitoring EnviroX-Rv test for public facilities and buildings lacking ventilation. The test can detect viruses that spread through transmitted droplets and that remain either air-suspended for hours or on surfaces for up to three days. With at least 10 times more sensitivity than existing virus-detecting technologies and with a threshold detection limit of 62 copies of the virus, EnviroX-Rv delivers 98% accuracy and detects minimal viral load, which is as low as a single copy.
“While the DetectX-Rv allows qualitative viral detection and management with a rapid result turnaround time, the EnviroX-Rv test screens airborne and surface-based COVID-19 transmissions at commercial facilities, leading to rapid sanitization,” noted Supriya Kundu, Best Practices Research Analyst at Frost & Sullivan. “Their matchless sensitivity, speed, and throughput are playing a huge role in driving preventive measures and improving safety.”
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Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, PathogenDx’s mission (pathogendx.com) is to become the new standard in DNA-based testing through widespread adoption of its advanced microarray testing platform for the human diagnostics, food and agricultural industries. PathogenDx’s technology can rapidly identify and detect up to 50 pathogens all in a single test, in 6 hours providing triplicate data per analyte for certainty in results with a simple and easy process. The company’s DNA-testing products DetectX™, QuantX™, and EnviroX™ are disrupting conventional microbial and molecular technologies to identify, detect and quantify pathogens that are a threat to human health, their ecosystem and the environment. This technology will help growing businesses deliver safer products and healthier lives, while preventing billions of dollars in losses from infection and contamination.