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ExcitePCR Formed to Better Position Firefly Dx for $19 Billion Global Point-of-Care Diagnostics Market

Firefly DX
ExcitePCR to provide platform for partnership and financing opportunities
Thu, 05/25/2017

PLEASANTON, CA – ExcitePCR Corporation has been formed to further the development of the Firefly Dx real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) breadboard prototype pathogen detection system (“Firefly Dx prototype system”) to provide greater flexibility for strategic partnership and/or financing opportunities.

The Firefly Dx prototype system is designed to be a handheld, fully automated, lab quality, real-time device able to process samples and detect pathogens at the point of need (PON) or point of care (POC), faster and less expensively than existing devices. Firefly Dx's applications include lab-quality, sample processing and detection of pathogenic organisms; agricultural and food screening in both domestic sectors and developing countries; and detection of biological agents associated with weapons of mass destruction.

“Our scientific development team has proven that the Firefly Dx prototype system works through the successful detection of many pathogens in the lab,” said Lyle Probst, CEO of ExcitePCR. “We are confident that the establishment of ExcitePCR provides the right vehicle to solidify a strong partnership to bring this product, which we believe has many advantages over existing systems, to compete in the vast POC/PON diagnostics market.”

The Firefly Dx system is an agnostic handheld system being developed to operate with a series of cartridges for biological sample processing and detection, providing laboratory-grade biological analysis and wireless communication of results within 30 minutes at the PON. Firefly Dx combines sample lysis, purification, real-time PCR analysis, and the identification for nucleic acids of interest. The system is expected to be capable of processing a variety of sample types, including whole blood, buccal and nasopharyngeal swabs, urine, and environmental field samples. The incorporated, multiplex PCR assay will be able to analyze for multiple, user-defined targets from a single sample. The Firefly Dx is designed to be a cost effective and simple to use screening tool suitable for multiple applications and to be deployed in a wide range of environments.

According to BCC Research, the global POC diagnostics market is expected to grow from $19.3 billion in 2016 to $28.3 billion in 2021. The North American POC diagnostics market is expected to grow from nearly $9.7 billion in 2016 to $14.2 billion in 2021.

About ExcitePCR Corporation

ExcitePCR Corporation, a Delaware corporation, was formed to own and further develop the Firefly Dx real-time pathogen detection system. Firefly Dx is a handheld device offering rapid sample-to-result detection in less than 30 minutes using real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) chemistry.

Contacts:

ExcitePCR Corporation

Lyle Probst


Lprobst@excitepcr.com