DNA Electronics (DNAe), the inventors of semiconductor DNA sequencing technology and developers of a new, revolutionary point-of-need test for blood infections, has on 15 January 2015 completed the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of nanoMR, an Albuquerque based developer of a novel system for rapid isolation of rare cells in the bloodstream for a total cash consideration of approximately $24m by way of a merger under the laws of Delaware, USA.
Integration of the two organisations is effective immediately, creating an 80+ strong team with facilities in the UK and the USA that will operate under the DNAe brand.
The acquisition is a key strategic milestone for DNAe, enabling the Company to integrate nanoMR’s unique immunomagnetic Pathogen Capture System (PCS) with its own Genalysis PCR and semiconductor-based DNA sequencing technology to create a complete blood-to-result solution.
The PCS can target multiple rare cell types such as those contained in bacteria and fungi from bloodstream infections at levels of 1 cell/mL or lower in less than 30 minutes, making it the ideal sample preparation technology for DNAe’s rapid point-of-need diagnostic tests.
DNAe’s proven semiconductor DNA sequencing technology is already licensed to Thermo Fisher and is the core of the Ion TorrentNext Generation Sequencing (NGS) systems as well as to Geneu, a company selling the world’s first in-store DNA test for personalised skincare.
DNAe is developing an integrated instrument and consumable cartridge that will deliver results directly from blood in 2-3 hours. Its first diagnostic product, a test for the rapid diagnosis of bloodstream infections, will identify pathogens in the blood as well as antimicrobial resistance genes. This will allow clinicians to treat patients with appropriate medication before the onset of sepsis, saving lives and reducing the time spent in hospital.
Professor Chris Toumazou, Chairman and CEO of DNAe said: "The acquisition of the nanoMR technology and team underscores our commitment to developing a complete point-of-need solution for diagnosis of infectious diseases, particularly those that cause sepsis, where speed and DNA-specific information can make the difference between life and death. nanoMR brings a game-changing technology, a wealth of scientific expertise and the potential for exciting new applications to DNAe."