New Tests Delivering Instant, Simultaneous Results for Syphilis, HIV, and Hepatitis C in Three Distinct Combinations to Debut at 2014 AACC Annual Meeting

MedMira, Inc. is expanding its Multiplo product line with the addition of three new multiplex tests that deliver instant, simultaneous, single-cartridge results for syphilis (TP), HIV, and hepatitis C. The new tests being added to the product range include Multiplo TP/nTP, which detects both active and historic syphilis infections, Multiplo TP/HIV/nTP, and Multiplo TP/HIV/HCV, which simultaneously detects syphilis, HIV and hepatitis C.

The full Multiplo line is now available in international markets with analysis of highly regulated markets, possibly including North America and Europe, underway. MedMira will showcase its full Multiplo line for the first time at the 2014 American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) Annual Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo.

The new tests all deliver instant results for syphilis infection, a disease with an increasing global prevalence rate. Multiplo TP/nTP and Multiplo TP/HIV/nTP take testing a step further, providing comprehensive screening and confirmatory results for both present and past syphilis infections. Detecting the presence of both current and previous infections provides critical information to help healthcare providers in determining the right course of treatment for their patients.

“The creativity and innovation powered by our patented RVF Technology is limitless and this expansion of our Multiplo product range is a prime example of how the technology enables new rapid tests to fast track through discovery, design, and development to meet customer demands,” said Dr. Kevin Jones, Senior Director Sales & Marketing, MedMira. “The WHO has identified syphilis as a serious global healthcare issue and our Multiplo tests will prove invaluable in large scale testing programs targeting multiple diseases, especially prenatal maternal initiatives. Multiplo TP/HIV is currently under evaluation as part of the WHO prequalification program and we look forward to working with them to bring our newest Multiplo tests to screening programs around the world.”

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that there are more than 12 million new cases of adult syphilis each year, with an additional 500,000 cases affecting infants through maternal transmission. It is the mission of WHO, and many other healthcare initiatives, to decrease transmission of HIV and syphilis from mothers to their children. With prenatal diagnosis using Multiplo rapid tests, at risk pregnancies can be identified within two minutes, greatly reducing the risk of mother-to-child HIV and syphilis transmission.