Immucor acquires Sirona Genomics following NGS collaboration
March 9, 2016 – NORCROSS. Immucor, Inc., a global leader in transfusion and transplantation diagnostics, today announced it has acquired Mountain View, CA-based Sirona Genomics (Sirona). Under the terms of the October 2014 agreement between the companies, Immucor retained the exclusive option to acquire Sirona during the collaboration, which was focused on the development and commercialization of the MIA FORA NGS offering for high resolution HLA typing. MIA FORA NGS consists of an easy-to-use sample preparation protocol with a proprietary bioinformatics solution.
“We are excited to welcome the Sirona team to our Immucor family,” stated Jeff Binder, Immucor’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Since October 2014, the Sirona and Immucor teams have collaborated to bring to market a superior HLA typing product that provides a better matched donor for each transplant patient with less rework for the lab. With the Sirona team onboard, we will drive market adoption of MIA FORA NGS together.”
MIA FORA NGS was launched in December 2015 and is available research use only (RUO) in the US and other countries and received CE Mark approval in February 2016.
“We are excited to become a part of the global Immucor organization, which is focused on enabling better patient care in transfusion and transplant medicine,” stated Michael Mindrinos, Ph.D., President and co-founder of Sirona. “Together, we will continue to work to bring our pipeline of additional MIA FORA NGS-based products to market, including our high volume test kit for bone marrow registry HLA typing.”
Immucor plans to launch a higher volume test kit for bone marrow registry HLA typing later this year.
Source: Immucor, Inc