DiaSorin and Meridian Enter Into a Strategic Collaboration to Sell Helicobacter Pylori Stool Antigen Test in the United States and in the United Kingdom
SALUGGIA, Italy and CINCINNATI, Oct. 09, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — DiaSorin S.p.A. (FTSE Italy Mid Cap: DIA) and Meridian Bioscience, Inc. (NASDAQ:VIVO) today announced that DiaSorin Inc., a subsidiary of DiaSorin S.p.A. and Meridian Bioscience, Inc. have entered into a strategic collaboration to sell DiaSorin’s FDA-cleared Helicobacter pylori stool antigen test to detect H. pylori for use on its automated LIAISON platform under the Meridian brand name worldwide.
As part of this agreement, Meridian and DiaSorin will begin collaborating on sales and marketing efforts to hospitals and reference laboratories in the U.S. Moreover, Meridian will receive royalties on sales of the LIAISON H. pylori stool antigen test in the U.S. and now also in the UK, in addition to the royalties received under the previous agreement.
This new collaboration will result in the termination of all pending legal disputes and will expand the scope of the previous agreement between DiaSorin and Meridian, which focused on the sale, by DiaSorin, of co-developed products in major countries in continental Europe.
Helicobacter pylori is one of the most common bacterial infections in humans, affecting nearly 50% of the world’s population and it has been associated with the development of serious upper gastrointestinal (GI) conditions including chronic gastritis, peptic ulcer disease, gastric cancer, and mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT).
Additionally, Meridian and DiaSorin have outlined a framework where they may partner to develop other stool-based tests for use on the LIAISON platform.
Carlo Rosa, Chief Executive Officer at DiaSorin, commented “We are pleased to enter into this collaboration with Meridian Bioscience. Our stool testing products have been very successful and we are confident that, through this alliance with Meridian, we can continue to expand the adoption of our automated LIAISON platform and its large menu of tests in key markets, like the U.S. and UK. This collaboration creates synergies between state-of-the-art products and technology, which will result in expanded access to a fully automated test for the detection of H. pylori antigen in stool. Moreover, I’m confident that DiaSorin and Meridian will be able to develop additional stool-based tests, leveraging a reliable technology, a broad menu offer for the clients and a large chemiluminescent platform installed base worldwide.”
Jack Kenny, Chief Executive Officer at Meridian Bioscience, continued, “We are excited to team up with DiaSorin to facilitate the advancement of automated HpSA testing. Working together with DiaSorin, we believe we can accelerate the growth in testing to detect helicobacter pylori, a cause of stomach ulcers. Importantly, today many patients suffering from stomach ulcers are not tested, or are tested with less effective serology methods. Non-invasive stool testing platforms are highly accurate and cost effective. Furthermore, these tests can be used in the monitoring and testing of eradication of the H. pylori infection. DiaSorin and Meridian have enjoyed a collaborative relationship for almost ten years. I look forward to further strengthening this relationship as we embark upon this new partnership.”
About DiaSorin Group
Headquartered in Italy and listed in the FTSE Mid Cap Index, DiaSorin is a global leader in the In Vitro Diagnostic (IVD) field. For over 50 years the Company has been developing, producing and marketing reagent kits for IVD worldwide. Through constant investments in research and development, and using its own distinctive expertise in the field of immunodiagnostics to deliver a high level of innovation, DiaSorin offers today the broadest range of specialty tests available in the immunodiagnostics market and new tests in the molecular diagnostics markets, which identify DiaSorin Group as the IVD “Diagnostic Specialist.”
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About Meridian Bioscience, Inc.
Meridian is a fully integrated life science company that develops, manufactures, markets and distributes a broad range of innovative diagnostic products. We are dedicated to developing and delivering better solutions that give answers with speed, accuracy and simplicity that are redefining the possibilities of life from discovery to diagnosis. Through discovery and development, we provide critical life science raw materials used in immunological and molecular tests for human, animal, plant, and environmental applications. Through diagnosis, we provide diagnostic solutions in areas including gastrointestinal and upper respiratory infections and blood lead level testing. We build relationships and provide solutions to hospitals, reference laboratories, research centers, veterinary testing centers, physician offices, diagnostics manufacturers, and biotech companies in more than 70 countries around the world.
Meridian’s shares are traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market, symbol VIVO. Meridian’s website address is www.meridianbioscience.com
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