In 2009 we signed a global agreement with Hansa Medical, of Lund, Sweden, for exclusive rights to a diagnostic assay for heparin binding protein (HBP) as a promising marker for severe sepsis and related conditions. Under the terms of the agreement, Axis-Shield will develop tests for HBP and seek commercial partners to incorporate the assay onto the menus of high-throughput laboratory systems.
Sepsis is an acute systemic response to infection, often with fever, tachycardia, hypotension, increased respiratory rate and abnormal white cell counts. The mortality rate of severe sepsis estimated at 28-50%, six times higher than from acute myocardial infarction, with annual costs in Europe alone of €7.6 billion. Our new HBP assay will be available for testing in 2012 and data to date suggest the test is more promising for identification of severe sepsis than tests for existing markers.
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