Transplant Genomics, Inc. Founders Awarded US Patent Covering Detection of “Silent” Sub-Clinical Rejection in Stable Kidney Transplant Recipients
MANSFIELD, Mass., Transplant Genomics, Inc. (“TGI”), a molecular diagnostics company committed to improving organ transplant outcomes with non-invasive serial monitoring guided by genomics, today announced that the Company’s scientific founders have been awarded a US patent covering detection of “silent” sub-clinical acute rejection in kidney transplant recipients with stable renal function. Entitled “Gene expression profiles associated with sub-clinical kidney transplant rejection,” US Patent No. 10,443,100 is assigned to The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) and Northwestern University (NU), and licensed exclusively to TGI.
“We congratulate Drs. Abecassis, Salomon, Friedewald and colleagues on the issuance of this patent, which affirms the novelty and utility of their invention,” said Dr. Stan Rose, President of TGI. The technology described in this patent is being commercialized as TGI’s TruGraf® blood test. TruGraf provides a non-invasive test for ruling out the presence of “silent” sub-clinical acute rejection in kidney transplant patients – the vast majority of whom have stable renal function at any given time. Approximately 25% of stable kidney transplant recipients harbor silent rejection, which previously could only be ruled out by performing invasive, costly and risky surveillance biopsies. Earlier this month the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a Final Local Coverage Determination (LCD) under which reimbursement will be provided for the TruGraf blood test as an alternative to surveillance biopsies, effective November 25, 2019.
The issuance of this patent not only strengthens Eurofins position in post-transplant surveillance of kidney transplant recipients, it solidifies Viracor-Eurofins technology leadership in providing the most comprehensive solutions, donor through recipient, in the transplant space.
Darren Lee, Vice President Transplant Marketing
Transplant Genomics-Eurofins U.S. Clinical Diagnostics
508-337-6200 or DarrenLee@EurofinsUS.com
About Transplant Genomics, Inc.
Transplant Genomics, Inc. (“TGI”) is a molecular diagnostics company committed to improving organ transplant outcomes, with an initial focus on kidney transplant recipients. Working with the transplant community, TGI is commercializing a suite of tests enabling diagnosis and prediction of transplant recipient immune status. Test results will support clinicians with information to optimize immune-suppressive therapy, enhance patient care and improve graft survival. Test services are offered through TGI’s CLIA laboratory in Pleasanton, CA. TGI was acquired by Eurofins in 2019.
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