Virusight and Technogenetics to Expand Collaboration for Global Deployment of Innovative Spectral-Based Pathogens Diagnosis
Following the COVID-19 development success, the parties have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a joint effort to develop new immediate tests for various health use cases
DÜSSELDORF, Germany, Nov. 15, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Virusight Diagnostic (a joint venture subsidiary of Newsight Imaging Ltd.) and Technogenetics today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to expand their collaboration for worldwide commercialization of the 20-second COVID-19 diagnosis solution and to develop additional diagnostic applications utilizing the technology.
Earlier this year, the companies launched a joint COVID-19 test solution based on AI-empowered spectral technology combined with a designated reagent, providing reliable rapid results. The full solution consists of Virusight's cloud-based AI software, SpectraLIT (a portable spectrophotometer), and Technogenetics testing kit containing the reagent and consumables.
The TGS Velox Ag COVID-19 POCT SALIVA is a colorimetric assay based on plasmonic resonance allowing the interaction of colloidal gold nanoparticles induced by the presence of SARS-CoV-2 for the qualitative determination of antigens and/or virus particles (virions) in oral swab samples in subjects with clinical and/or epidemiological suspicion. The TGS Velox Ag is a registered trademark, and its technology has been patented.
Following a successful clinical trial conducted in Italy, the 20-second spectral test for COVID-19 showed results of 96.3% accuracy when compared to the gold standard RT-PCR. The test is now in the process of global deployment.
“This novel diagnostic platform is a unique combination of a specific tailored biomolecular patented reagent that binds directly to the virus, measured by a high-resolution spectrophotometer device,” said Dr. Salvatore Cincotti, Chief Executive Officer of Technogenetics. “The data is immediately analyzed using AI and ML in a cloud-based digital healthcare platform that can retrieve results anywhere. The outstanding results of the clinical trial show the feasibility and innovation of combining these technologies as a diagnostic platform. This scientific breakthrough led to enhanced engagement between our companies to expand the scope to other potential diagnostic applications, such as HPV, HIV, urine analysis, biomarkers for early cancer detection, and more.”
Eli Assoolin, Chairman of Virusight Diagnostic, added, “We are excited to collaborate with Technogenetics on this groundbreaking solution that can change the world and save lives. The solution is scalable and can be easily implemented in any environment, resulting in faster treatment and better patient health outcomes. We started with COVID-19, and we are planning to expand into the offices of every doctor, testing for multiple health use cases in seconds.”
The Global In-Vitro Diagnostics (IVD) Market is projected to grow from $71.43 billion in 2022 to $107.42 billion by 2029, at a CAGR of 6.0% in the forecast period 1. The growth of the global IVD market can be attributed to the high prevalence of chronic and infectious diseases, the largest application segment in the market, creating demand for new IVD products. The shift from traditional diagnostics methods to advanced technologies is also a key factor driving the market growth.
Virusight recently started early deployment in Hong Kong through its local partner AI InnoBio Ltd.
The system will be demonstrated at MEDICA international trade fair in Düsseldorf, Germany, at Hall 1, Stand B45.
About Virusight Diagnostic
Virusight (www.virusight.co.il) is a joint venture between the ARC Center for Digital Innovation at Sheba Medical Center, Israel’s largest hospital, and Newsight Imaging, developer of advanced CMOS image sensor chips. Virusight has developed an AI-powered digital Healthcare platform that enables affordable, ultra-fast diagnostic testing solutions that provide highly accurate results in less than 20 seconds.
The solution has obtained the CE Mark. It also has a regulatory pipeline of approvals in process together with significant interest from potential partners across numerous markets including the UK, LATAM and Asia Pacific.
Technogenetics (www.technogenetics.it) is an Italian company active in the field of immunodiagnostics and molecular genetics for almost 40 years, meeting the diagnostic needs of public and private test laboratories. Alongside these two historical business lines, Technogenetics, in the past two years, has studied and developed innovative solutions to respond to health emergencies and be at the side of its customers by entering in two additional markets, POCT (point of care testing) and molecular biology. The two research poles, one in Lodi, in Northern Italy, and the other one in Morra De Sanctis (Av), in Southern Italy, are two centres of excellence in the diagnostics field. The R&D department is the real strength of this long-established IVD company: thanks to the expertise of its flexible and dynamic team, Technogenetics develop innovative solutions and products that meet the highest quality standards that lead to improved health outcomes. The success of Technogenetics lies in being a lean organization and in its promptness to anticipate the market request. Through international partnerships and its own sales force, Technogenetics is well-known and appreciated in the industry for its attention to customers’ needs and ability to offer innovative solutions and leading-edge technologies.
About Newsight Imaging
Newsight Imaging (www.nstimg.com) develops advanced CMOS image sensor chips for 3D machine vision and spectral analysis. Newsight’s depth camera sensors for machine vision serve verticals such as Mobile & Metaverse, Robotics, Industry 4.0, Automotive Safety, etc. The company recently launched its one-of-a-kind solid-state LiDAR reference design, the eTOF™ LiDAR, based on the NSI1000 sensor. In addition, Newsight has developed its spectral chip backed by AI technology that has multiple uses in rapid pathogen detection and in continuous, condition-based monitoring of fluid flows, including water quality. Newsight’s Virusight subsidiary’s SpectraLIT® offers a unique and affordable solution for remote healthcare, real time diagnosis, and quality inspection solutions for water, food & beverage, etc., including COVID detection in <20 seconds with over 96% accuracy. Newsight’s Watersight subsidiary’s AquaRing provides real-time, AI-based monitoring of flow systems or processes, including installations for water quality monitoring, The Company has US and EU patents and has received multiple grants by the Israeli Innovation Authority. For more information visit www.newsight.com.
On August 30, 2022, Newsight Imaging announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to become publicly listed through a merger transaction with Vision Sensing Acquisition Corp. (Nasdaq: VSAC), a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company. The transaction is expected to close as early as the fourth quarter of 2022, at which point the combined company’s common stock is expected to trade on the Nasdaq Capital Market under the ticker symbol “NSIM”.
About Vision Sensing Acquisition Corp.
Vision Sensing Acquisition Corp. (“VSAC”) is a Special Purpose Acquisition Company (“SPAC”) that has been established to focus on the acquisition of vision sensing technologies (“VST”) including hardware solutions (chips / modules / systems), related application software, artificial intelligence and other peripheral technologies that assist to integrate and/or supplement VST applications. For more information visit www.vision-sensing.com.
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