HTG Announces New Patent for Its Technology Issued in Japan – Patent covers nuclease protection methods for detection of nucleotide variants
TUCSON, Ariz., April 03, 2018 — HTG Molecular Diagnostics, Inc. (Nasdaq:HTGM), a provider of instruments, reagents, and services for molecular profiling applications, today announced the issuance of Japan Patent Number 6290202 for “Nuclease Protection Methods for Detection of Nucleotide Variants.”
The patented technology involves a nuclease-protection method using wild‑type and variant probes competing for binding to a target nucleic acid molecule, such as messenger RNA, to detect the presence, if any, of a variant nucleotide in the target. The patent, which provides protection until June 2033, is part of a family of patents and patent applications claiming this method, including U.S. patent no. 9,765,385 issued on September 19, 2017.
“We are pleased to strengthen our intellectual property protection with the addition of this patent in Japan covering this application of our core technology,” stated TJ Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of HTG. “We have consistently sought to protect, expand, and improve uses of our nuclease-protection-based technologies in the U.S. and globally. We now have over 20 patents in this space, including our HTG EdgeSeq method patents.”
HTG is focused on next generation sequencing (NGS) based molecular profiling. The company’s proprietary HTG EdgeSeq technology automates complex, highly multiplexed molecular profiling from solid and liquid samples, even when limited in amount. HTG’s customers use its technology to identify biomarkers important for precision medicine, to understand the clinical relevance of these discoveries, and ultimately to identify treatment options. Our mission is to empower precision medicine at the local level.
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