Microbix & Ulisse Biomed Collaborate on HPV Controls & Assays

13 November 2023 | Monday | News

Onboarding Tools and Quality Controls for Extended Genotype HPV Assays
Image Source | Public Domain

Image Source | Public Domain

Microbix Biosystems Inc. (TSX: MBX, OTCQX: MBXBF, Microbix®), a life sciences innovator, manufacturer, and exporter, announces a collaboration with Ulisse Biomed S.p.A. (BIT: UBM, Ulisse), a company developing innovative diagnostics, theranostics, and therapeutics. The companies are collaborating to make Microbix’s Quality Assessment Products (“QAPs™”) available and optimized to support the clinical use and accuracy of Ulisse molecular tests for high-risk types of Human Papilloma Virus (“HPV Assays”).

Molecular (i.e., “PCR”) HPV Assays are used to diagnose infections and distinguish between the virus types that generate higher or lower risks of fatal cancers. HPV is a family of approximately 100 sub-types of virus, of which 14 are directly implicated to cause human cancers – most notably cervical tumors. Molecular tests for high-risk types of HPV identify at-risk patients years before cancers arise, thereby permitting them to be carefully monitored to prevent the development of invasive and potentially lethal tumors. However, HPV Assays must be stringently monitored to ensure their accuracy – ideally with Microbix QAPs.

Ulisse has obtained EU “CE mark” approval for its high-risk extended genotype HPV Assays, which will now be commercialized on an automated sample-to-result closed system with an installed base of over 1,500 instruments. Moreover, Ulisse’s HPV Assays are validated with the most widely used open platforms and with Hyris bCUBETM, a miniaturized PCR instrument particularly suitable for small-medium laboratories that Ulisse is proposing to clients in conjunction with its assays. Ulisse has validated Microbix’s HPV QAPs as tools to support the ongoing accuracy of its HPV Assays and will recommend their usage in its instructions for use (“IFUs”). Additionally, Microbix has created custom ONBOARDx™ kits of QAPs to assist the Ulisse sales teams in demonstrating the HPV Assays to prospective customers, as well as for training operators and for qualifying new HPV Assay installations.

Phil Casselli, SVP of Business Development at Microbix, commented, “We met the Ulisse senior team at a conference in Europe. Shortly thereafter we began working with them as they finalized the performance evaluation of their assays. We are proud to be selected as their preferred controls and to be referenced on their IFUs. This is another success as we bring these sophisticated high-risk HPV control products to the global markets for HPV screening”.

Bruna Marini, COO of Ulisse, also commented, “We were looking for a set of controls that fully covered the range of high-risk HPV types and Microbix is the only company to have such a portfolio. After an extensive evaluation process, we concluded the performance of Microbix QAPs are exactly what Ulisse needs and the interactions with their team are delightful.”

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