T2 Biosystems (TTOO), Allergan (AGN) Enter Antimicrobial Resistance Detection Collaboration

November 1, 2016 4:02 PM EDT

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T2 Biosystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: TTOO) announced a collaboration with Allergan to develop a novel diagnostic panel to detect Gram-negative bacterial species and antibiotic resistance for patients with serious bacterial infections, including infections leading to sepsis. These products will expand T2 Biosystems’ sepsis pipeline and will include the first direct-from-blood diagnostic panel to detect antimicrobial resistance.

Antimicrobial resistance may develop when bacteria have repeated exposure to antibiotics, forcing the survival of only those strains that cannot be treated by typical antimicrobial drugs. One of the most dangerous trends is resistance to an entire class of antibiotics known as carbapenems, because these are often the therapy of last resort for serious Gram-negative infections, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC. T2 Biosystems’ bacterial resistance panel is being developed to specifically identify carbapenem resistance, which the CDC considers to be a serious and urgent threat to public health.

“Our initial sepsis products, the T2Candida® and T2Bacteria™ Panels, are the first direct-from-blood sepsis diagnostics that provide species identification in an average of 4.3 hours while also detecting 40 percent or more infections that are completely missed by blood culture, which can take 2 to 6 or more days for results. By identifying resistant bacteria in the early hours of sepsis treatment, we can pick up another 10 percent or more of patients where providing the right antimicrobial drug to the patient may be further delayed – potentially saving more lives and significant costs to hospitals,” said John McDonough, president and chief executive officer of T2 Biosystems. “We are pleased to be collaborating with Allergan, a company with significant expertise and leadership in treating patients with serious bacterial infections. Together, we hope not only to diagnose sepsis more quickly, but also enable the delivery of life-saving medicines more rapidly to the millions of patients at high risk for bacterial infection.”

Under the terms of the agreement, Allergan will pay T2 Biosystems $4 million in milestone payments related to the development of the bacterial resistance panel and an expansion of the T2Bacteria Panel currently under development. T2 Biosystems retains exclusive worldwide distribution rights for all products developed through this partnership. Allergan has the option to cooperatively market T2 Biosystems’ menu of sepsis diagnostics to targeted hospitals around the world through Allergan’s leading physician-facing institutional sales force.

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