AllerGenis improves precision of food allergy diagnosis, assessment, and monitoring supported by Luminex xMAP® technology
Data-driven food allergy diagnostics company, AllerGenis, LLC announced on January 16 that it has entered into a non-exclusive agreement with Luminex Corporation (NASDAQ: LMNX). According to the terms, AllerGenis will have the rights to develop, market and sell its novel precision food allergy diagnostic assay using Luminex’s xMAP® Technology.
The agreement supports the upcoming 2019 commercialization of AllerGenis’ food allergy diagnostic platform, which more than triples diagnostic precision compared to current food allergy tests. AllerGenis’ high-throughput, peptide-bead assay breaks down allergenic proteins into smaller components, called epitopes. It then measures the reactivity of a patient’s antibodies to each epitope to generate a detailed reactivity profile that can provide clinicians a comprehensive solution with accurate information to better assess and manage that patient’s food allergies.
“Adopting Luminex’s bead-based xMAP® technology dramatically increased the power and scope of our food allergy diagnostic,” said Jim Garner, CEO and board member of AllerGenis. “We have been able to scientifically demonstrate the ability to identify food allergies with much higher precision over currently available blood tests. We’re very excited to enter into this agreement with Luminex to bring this much-needed technology to the clinical setting as soon as possible.”
AllerGenis’ peanut allergy assay will be the first product to launch supported by this agreement in the fall of 2019. The company is also developing a pipeline of assays across a wide range of food allergens using its epitope-based technology, as well as novel biomarkers.