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T2 Biosystems Announces Participation in NIH-funded Antibacterial Resistance Leadership Group (ARLG) Pilot Study for Pneumonia Patients

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T2 Biosystems, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTOO) is participating in the NIH-funded Antibacterial Resistance Leadership Group (ARLG) pilot study for pneumonia patients to determine the accuracy of multiple pathogen- and host-directed tests for the diagnosis of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP). The study aims to explore new approaches for diagnosing VAP and detecting antibiotic-resistant infections. The FDA-cleared T2Bacteria® Panel and the T2Resistance® Panel will be evaluated for the ability to rapidly detect infections in the blood currently missed by conventional methods. The study will be performed at Johns Hopkins Medicine laboratories.
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  • T2 Biosystems is collaborating with the Antibacterial Resistance Leadership Group in a pilot study for pneumonia patients.
  • The study aims to explore new approaches for diagnosing ventilator-associated pneumonia and detecting antibiotic-resistant infections.
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The participation of T2 Biosystems in the NIH-funded ARLG pilot study is a significant milestone that has potential implications for the future of infectious disease diagnostics, particularly in the context of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP). The study's focus on the accuracy of pathogen- and host-directed tests could pave the way for more precise and rapid diagnostic methods, which are crucial in the treatment of VAP and in combating antibiotic resistance. The integration of T2 Biosystems' panels, which have shown promise in detecting infections that conventional methods miss, may represent a breakthrough in the field.

From a medical research perspective, the ability of the T2Bacteria® Panel and the T2Resistance® Panel to detect low levels of pathogens in blood samples (1 – 11 CFU/mL) is particularly noteworthy. This sensitivity could lead to earlier identification of infections, allowing for timely and appropriate antibiotic use, which is essential for patient outcomes and antibiotic stewardship. The reference to the technology's effectiveness in a recent study involving COVID-19 patients highlights its potential utility beyond the scope of the current pilot study.

The economic implications of improved diagnostic technologies like those being studied by T2 Biosystems and the ARLG are substantial. Early and accurate diagnosis of VAP can potentially reduce hospital stays, lower healthcare costs and minimize the use of broad-spectrum antibiotics, which are often more expensive and contribute to the rise of drug-resistant bacteria. By honing in on targeted antimicrobial therapy, the healthcare system could see a shift towards more cost-effective treatments and better allocation of resources.

The pilot study's design, intended to inform future interventional studies, suggests a long-term vision for integrating these diagnostics into standard care. If successful, this could lead to a paradigm shift in how hospitals manage pneumonia and other infectious diseases, with a focus on precision medicine that is both clinically effective and economically efficient.

For investors and stakeholders in the healthcare sector, T2 Biosystems' involvement in the ARLG pilot study represents a potential growth opportunity. The company's technology is being positioned at the forefront of innovative diagnostic solutions for serious infections like VAP. Given the increasing prevalence of antibiotic resistance and the high costs associated with managing hospital-acquired infections, advancements in this area could be met with significant market demand.

Furthermore, the study's reliance on T2 Biosystems' FDA-cleared panels may enhance the company's credibility and market position. Should the pilot study yield positive results, it could lead to increased adoption of T2 Biosystems' products and potentially boost the company's stock performance. However, investors should consider the risks associated with clinical studies, including the possibility of inconclusive or negative results that could impact the company's valuation.

LEXINGTON, Mass., Jan. 18, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- T2 Biosystems, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTOO), a leader in the rapid detection of sepsis-causing pathogens and antibiotic resistance genes, today announced participation in the NIH-funded Antibacterial Resistance Leadership Group (ARLG) pilot study for pneumonia patients. The Pneumonia Direct Pilot study is a prospective, observational, diagnostic, feasibility study to determine the accuracy of multiple pathogen- and host-directed tests for the diagnosis of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP). Under the direction of Kimberly Hanson, M.D., University of Utah, the study seeks to explore new approaches for diagnosing VAP along with more comprehensive detection of antibiotic-resistant infections. The feasibility design is intended to inform future interventional studies that will investigate the clinical impact of combined pathogen and host-directed testing approaches.

“I am elated that the innovative research leaders of Antibacterial Resistance Leadership Group are collaborating with T2 Biosystems to evaluate direct-from-blood diagnostic technology for the management of patients with pneumonia. This study will explore whether the combined diagnostic testing can successfully provide more targeted antimicrobial therapy, strengthen stewardship, and improve outcomes,” said Dr. Thomas J. Walsh, Director of the Center for Innovative Therapeutics and Diagnostics (citdx.org) and member of the T2 Biosystems Scientific Advisory Board.

In the pilot study, the FDA-cleared T2Bacteria® Panel and the T2Resistance® Panel, included as one of the pathogen directed platforms, will be evaluated for the ability to rapidly detect infections in the blood currently missed by conventional methods. The T2 sample testing for the multi-center study will be performed at Johns Hopkins Medicine laboratories.

The extremely low level of detection by T2 Biosystems’ technology (“T2MR”) in whole blood (1 – 11 CFU/mL) has been effective in detecting secondary infections. Most recently, a 2022 publication1 in the journal Microbiology Spectrum evaluated the use of T2 Biosystems’ sepsis tests in COVID-19 patients and found “without the additional use of T2MR, 13.3% of candidemia and 10% of bacterial superinfections would have been missed.”

About Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP)
Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is one of the most common nosocomial infections complicating critical care medicine. Recent studies have reported that VAP affects between 5-40% of patients intubated for more than 2 days, with significant variation by county, intensive care unit (ICU), and criteria used to define the disease2. Patients who develop VAP have prolonged durations of mechanical ventilation, increased lengths of ICU stay, and higher hospital costs3. Poor outcomes are due, at least in part, to difficulties in making a diagnosis of VAP, which in turn delays the initiation of appropriate antibiotic therapy4. The clinical criteria suggestive of VAP are non-specific and standard microbiologic testing does not definitively separate airway colonizers from invasive pathogens. The resultant diagnostic uncertainty is a major driver of unnecessary antibiotic use and potentially antimicrobial resistance in the ICU5,6. Furthermore, selecting effective empiric therapy for VAP is also complicated because multidrug-resistant pathogens may be isolated in early-onset VAP (i.e., within the first 4 days of hospitalization) as well as in late-onset cases7.

About T2 Biosystems
T2 Biosystems, a leader in the rapid detection of sepsis-causing pathogens and antibiotic resistance genes, is dedicated to improving patient care and reducing the cost of care by helping clinicians effectively treat patients faster than ever before. T2 Biosystems’ products include the T2Dx® Instrument, the T2Bacteria® Panel, the T2Candida® Panel, the T2Resistance® Panel, and the T2SARS-CoV-2™ Panel and are powered by the proprietary T2 Magnetic Resonance (T2MR®) technology. T2 Biosystems has an active pipeline of future products, including the T2Biothreat™ Panel, the T2Cauris™ Panel, and T2Lyme™ Panel, as well as next-generation products for the detection of bacterial and fungal pathogens and associated antimicrobial resistance markers. For more information, please visit www.t2biosystems.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements contained in this press release that do not relate to matters of historical fact should be considered forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements about the ability of the Company’s product to provide more targeted antimicrobial therapy, strengthen stewardship, and improve outcomes, as well as statements that include the words “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “project,” “forecast,” “estimate,” “may,” “should,” “anticipate,” and similar statements of a future or forward looking nature. These forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations. These statements are neither promises nor guarantees, but involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, (i) any inability to (a) realize anticipated benefits from commitments, contracts or products; (b) successfully execute strategic priorities; (c) bring products to market; (d) expand product usage or adoption; (e) obtain customer testimonials; (f) accurately predict growth assumptions; (g) realize anticipated revenues; (h) incur expected levels of operating expenses; or (i) increase the number of high-risk patients at customer facilities; (ii) failure of early data to predict eventual outcomes; (iii) failure to make or obtain anticipated FDA filings or clearances within expected time frames or at all; or (iv) the factors discussed under Item 1A. “Risk Factors” in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022, filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, on March 31, 2023, and other filings the company makes with the SEC from time to time. These and other important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements made in this press release. Any such forward-looking statements represent management’s estimates as of the date of this press release. While the company may elect to update such forward-looking statements at some point in the future, unless required by law, it disclaims any obligation to do so, even if subsequent events cause its views to change. Thus, no one should assume that the Company’s silence over time means that actual events are bearing out as expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing the company’s views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.

Research discussed in this publication is supported in part by the ARLG Grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under Award Number UM1AI104681. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health. For more information about this trial, visit ClinicalTrials.gov and search identifiers NCT NCT06181669.

References:

1 Seitz T, Holbik J, Hind J, Gibas G, Karolyi M, Pawelka E, Traugott M, Wenisch C, Zoufaly A. Rapid Detection of Bacterial and Fungal Pathogens Using the T2MR versus Blood Culture in Patients with Severe COVID-19. Microbiol Spectr. 2022 Jun 29;10(3):e0014022. doi: 10.1128/spectrum.00140-22. Epub 2022 Jun 13. PMID: 35695564; PMCID: PMC9241933.

2 Papazian L, Klompas M, Luyt CE. Ventilator-associated pneumonia in adults: a narrative review. Intensive Care Med. May 2020;46(5):888-906. doi:10.1007/s00134-020-05980-0

3 Safdar N, Dezfulian C, Collard HR, Saint S. Clinical and economic consequences of ventilator-associated pneumonia: a systematic review. Crit Care Med. Oct 2005;33(10):2184-93. doi:10.1097/01.ccm.0000181731.53912.d9

4 Kuti EL, Patel AA, Coleman CI. Impact of inappropriate antibiotic therapy on mortality in patients with ventilator-associated pneumonia and blood stream infection: a meta-analysis. Journal of critical care. Mar 2008;23(1):91-100. doi:10.1016/j.jcrc.2007.08.007

5 Nussenblatt V, Avdic E, Berenholtz S, et al. Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia: Overdiagnosis and Treatment Are Common in Medical and Surgical Intensive Care Units. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology. 2014;35(3):278-284. doi:10.1086/675279

6 Klompas M. Does this patient have ventilator-associated pneumonia? Jama. Apr 11 2007;297(14):1583-93. doi:10.1001/jama.297.14.1583

7 Khan S, Liu J, Xue M. Transmission of SARS-CoV-2, Required Developments in Research and Associated Public Health Concerns. Front Med (Lausanne). 2020;7:310. doi:10.3389/fmed.2020.00310

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The purpose of the study is to determine the accuracy of multiple pathogen- and host-directed tests for the diagnosis of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) and to explore new approaches for diagnosing VAP and detecting antibiotic-resistant infections.

The FDA-cleared T2Bacteria® Panel and the T2Resistance® Panel will be evaluated for the ability to rapidly detect infections in the blood currently missed by conventional methods.

The study will be performed at Johns Hopkins Medicine laboratories.
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t2 biosystems is developing innovative diagnostic products to improve patient health. with two fda-cleared products targeting sepsis – the cause of one out of two hospital deaths - and a range of additional products in development, t2 biosystems is an emerging leader in the field of in vitro diagnostics. our initial development efforts target sepsis, hemostasis, bacteria and lyme disease, which are areas of significant unmet medical need. the company is utilizing its proprietary t2 magnetic resonance platform, or t2mr®, to develop a broad set of applications aimed at lowering mortality rates, improving patient outcomes and reducing the cost of healthcare by helping medical professionals make targeted treatment decisions earlier. at t2 biosystems, we know that our passion to advance the medical diagnostic landscape relies on our ability to attract and retain the very best people in the world – and to encourage them to flourish. we invite you to apply for one of our open positions at www