TUCSON, Ariz., Feb. 26, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — HTG Molecular Diagnostics, Inc. (Nasdaq: HTGM) (HTG), a life science company whose mission is to advance precision medicine, today announced it has completed its feasibility testing for a planned whole transcriptome panel using the HTG EdgeSeq technology, and has released a follow-on whole transcriptome product white paper (White Paper Two), regarding the performance of a prototype panel for multiple cancer indications compared to RNA sequencing (RNA-Seq). HTG is developing a whole transcriptome panel using the HTG EdgeSeq technology to measure approximately 20,000 mRNA targets, with a planned research use only launch in the third quarter of 2021.
“Since demonstrating initial technical feasibility with our prototype whole transcriptome panel in November 2020, we have continued to iterate our prototype panel, mature the gene content and probe designs and improve the sample preparation process, to reduce background and increase the robustness of the panel across a variety of cancer indications,” said Dr. Marian Navratil, Senior Vice President of Research and Development.
“We are very excited to share what we believe is compelling data generated in studies performed since the demonstration of initial feasibility with the release of White Paper Two today. As outlined in this white paper, in addition to an assessment of repeatability of our latest prototype panel, we have completed an evaluation of the accuracy of differential expression analysis using a three-pronged accuracy assessment which included: (1) a comparison to RNA-Seq, (2) independent evaluation of differential expression using external RNA controls consortium (ERCC) control materials, and (3) a tissue mixture study. In all three assessments, the panel demonstrated a high degree of accuracy when measuring differential gene expression and in comparison to RNA-Seq,” continued Dr. Navratil.
White Paper Two further demonstrates the feasibility and expected performance of the whole transcriptome prototype panel, including:
- Ability to differentiate samples based on gene expression profiles – The data generated in the studies demonstrated the ability to generate unique gene expression profiles for multiple cancer indications with comparable sample clustering relative to RNA-Seq.
- Repeatability with archived samples – In the studies performed, the panel achieved an equally high degree of repeatability amongst replicates from multiple cancer indications in both 5- and 10-year-old formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) samples, with all but one sample requiring only a single FFPE section for sample input, compared with RNA-Seq, which required 4-8 FFPE sections per sample for RNA extraction and 25% of samples failed to generate sufficient extracted RNA material.
- Accuracy of differential expression – The accuracy of differential expression analysis using a direct comparison to RNA-Seq, and spiked-in reference material in a complex FFPE matrix, was demonstrated in studies across multiple cancer indications. Additionally, a tissue mixture study demonstrated equivalent accuracy of differential expression analysis.
- Robust alternative to RNA-Seq – These studies demonstrate that the HTG EdgeSeq technology is a robust alternative to RNA-Seq for gene expression profiling, in addition to maintaining advantages such as less sample input, extraction-free chemistry and the ability to test low-quality and limited quantity FFPE tissue specimens.
“Now that we have concluded feasibility testing for all elements of the panel’s design, we are proceeding to the optimization phase of this development program, where we expect to further improve the panel’s design, workflow and robustness. Final product design lock is scheduled to occur in the second quarter of 2021, followed by formal design verification and commercialization in the third quarter of 2021,” Dr. Navratil concluded.
HTG is focused on 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. Its mission is to empower precision medicine.
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