DELRAY BEACH, Fla., Sept. 08, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — PositiveID Corporation (“PositiveID” or “Company”) (OTCQB:PSID), a developer of biological detection and diagnostics solutions, announced today that it has successfully detected Clostridium difficile (“C. diff”) on its Firefly Dx polymerase chain reaction (“PCR”) breadboard prototype pathogen detection system (“prototype system”) in less than 20 minutes. The C. diff assay, provided to the Company for testing by partner GenArraytion, Inc., is a more comprehensive and specific test than many other C. diff assays on the market as it tests for the C. diff chromosome as well as both Toxin A and Toxin B.
C. diff is a bacterium that most often affects older patients in hospitals or long-term care facilities after antibiotic use, and causes symptoms ranging from diarrhea to lethal inflammation of the colon. More than 500,000 people get sick each year from C. diff, which, like many hospital-acquired infections, has become more frequent, severe and difficult to treat.
In addition to C. diff, the Company recently announced its successful detection of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (“MRSA”), another common hospital-acquired infection, on its Firefly Dx prototype system. It has also successfully identified methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus (“MSSA”).
According to a market study published by Transparency Market Research, the global hospital acquired disease testing market is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 19.3% during the period of 2013-2019, and is expected to reach US$7.5 billion by the end of 2019.
“As we progress in the development of Firefly Dx, we not only make engineering improvements to the system, we also increase the breadth of our data by adding to the list of pathogens we can detect,” stated William J. Caragol, Chairman and CEO of PositiveID. “The hospital-acquired infection market is vast, and we believe our ability to successfully detect C. diff, MRSA, MSSA, and other pathogens quickly, accurately and cost-effectively, will enable us, upon completion, to provide Firefly Dx to hospitals and other care facilities to help stop the spread of the these and other dangerous infections.”
GenArraytion’s C. diff assay was run on PositiveID’s Firefly Dx prototype system, which is designed to provide real-time, accurate diagnostic results in a handheld device, thereby leading to treatment scenarios at the point of need that are not possible with existing systems, which require lab-based equipment, highly trained personnel, and can take hours or even days to provide results. Firefly’s applications include point-of-need, lab-quality, detection of pathogenic organisms; agricultural and food screening in both domestic sectors and developing countries; and detection of biological agents associated with weapons of mass destruction.
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