Meridian Expands Molecular Test Technology License with Eiken Chemical Co., Ltd.
Meridian first licensed the LAMP technology from Eiken in 2006 for the newly emerging infectious disease market in humans and to build the foundation for an expanded product platform in molecular diagnostics. Utilizing the LAMP technology, Meridian commercialized the first human infectious disease assay, illumigene®C. difficile, in 2010 and provided to its customers a simple and accurate test result without the need for capital investment in equipment. Since then, Meridian has developed and commercialized a broad menu of simple and accurate molecular tests for Group A Streptococcus, Group B Streptococcus, HSV 1&2, Pertussis, and Mycoplasma Direct in
“Meridian’s success of the illumigene line of products proved that the LAMP technology has great advantages for human molecular diagnostics applications. We are pleased to sign an amendment to expand the field of use and look forward to further contributions of our technology to animal diagnostics and food and water testing,” said Morifumi Wada, President and Chief Executive Officer of Eiken.
Meridian is a fully integrated life science company that develops, manufactures, markets and distributes a broad range of innovative diagnostic test kits, purified reagents and related products and offers biopharmaceutical enabling technologies. Utilizing a variety of methods, these products and diagnostic tests provide accuracy, simplicity and speed in the early diagnosis and treatment of common medical conditions, such as gastrointestinal, viral and respiratory infections and blood lead levels. Meridian’s diagnostic products are used outside of the human body and require little or no special equipment. The Company's products are designed to enhance patient well-being while reducing the total outcome costs of health care. Meridian has strong market positions in the areas of gastrointestinal and upper respiratory infections; serology, parasitology and fungal disease diagnosis, and blood lead level testing. In addition, Meridian is a supplier of rare reagents, specialty biologicals and related technologies used by biopharmaceutical companies engaged in research for new drugs and vaccines. The Company markets its products and technologies to hospitals, reference laboratories, research centers, diagnostics manufacturers and biotech companies in more than 70 countries around the world. The Company’s shares are traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market, symbol VIVO. Meridian's website address is www.meridianbioscience.com.
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