today announced that it has expanded its existing commercial relationship with one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies. This final step in commercializing the Company’s Ig_plex™ platform could lead to significant on-going revenue opportunities as the customer continues further development of its drug.
SQI Diagnostics recently completed the successful development of a series of custom products to measure safety-related responses to this customer’s development-stage drug (“immunogenicity”). Based on the performance of prior tests completed, additional development has been contracted, including the Company’s proprietary Ig_plex characterization of antibodies produced in response to the drug (“anti-drug antibodies”).
The agreement includes payment for services and consumables used during development and sample testing.
“We are very pleased with the momentum we have achieved in this commercial relationship,” said Andrew Morris, CEO of SQI Diagnostics. “We believe the follow-on business further validates the need for our services in the marketplace and highlights customer satisfaction with the results achieved thus far. We expect this final phase will lead to the sale of products and instruments, which will further drive on-going revenues from anti-drug antibody tests. It could also lead to the broader adoption of other, potentially high volume, tests that can be run on our sqidlite™ system, supporting other aspects of the customer’s safety and efficacy testing during drug development.”
Global pharmaceutical companies invest significant funds to better understand potential immune responses to the novel drugs they are developing and the formation of anti-drug antibodies in study subjects is a concern for their effect on both drug efficacy and safety. Information provided by SQI Diagnostics’ tests on the anti-drug antibodies present in a sample provides further characterization of the immune response during both pre-clinical and clinical studies.
Earlier in November, SQI Diagnostics received clearance from the Food and Drug Administration for its Ig_plex Celiac DGP Panel allowing it to be sold in the United States. In October, the Company presented comprehensive data describing the superior performance of multiple Ig_plex tests performed for a variety of customers and compounds at the 14th Annual Immunogenicity Conference in Boston, Massachusetts. All of these tests were developed and run on the Company’s patented diagnostic platforms.
The Company continues to focus on selling products and services to pharmaceutical and biotech customers and on converting products initially used for evaluation by these customers to higher volume kit sales for use in clinical trials. A portion of business development effort is focused on pharmaceutical, biotech, and vaccine companies that currently use labour-intensive, expensive, low throughput “single-plex” tests in their product development activities and on the contract research organizations that service the testing needs of such companies.
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About SQI Diagnostics
SQI Diagnostics is a life sciences and diagnostics company that develops and commercializes proprietary technologies and products for advanced microarray diagnostics. The Company’s proprietary microarray tests and fully-automated systems are designed to simplify protein and antibody testing workflow, increase throughput, reduce costs and provide excellent data quality. For more information, please visit www.sqidiagnostics.com.
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