Following a successful evaluation of the DNA Electronics USB-based Genalysis® platform, DNA Electronics and geneOnyx are announcing a commercial license and supply agreement that grants geneOnyx access to DNA Electronics’ real-time Genalysis® platform for cosmetic applications. This agreement will deliver the world’s first commercial on-site sample-to-answer, easy-to-use and low-cost DNA testing platform – bringing on-site, over-the-counter services to the retail industry for the first time.
DNA Electronics’ Genalysis® is a real-time platform for nucleic acid testing, delivering accurate, point-of-need results within 30 minutes using just a simple sample processing kit and interchangeable test cartridges plugged into a USB stick or other electronic reader. The Genalysis® platform enables truly user-friendly, rapid, lab-free and pipette-free DNA analysis products for a variety of medical and consumer applications. While this licensing and supply agreement launches DNA Electronics into its first non-IVD market for test panels selected by geneOnyx, pilot trials for clinical diagnostics using Genalysis® will also begin later this year.
The Genalysis® platform processes a saliva sample from a mouth swab using a sample preparation kit designed for unskilled users which delivers purified, amplification-ready DNA to the CMOS-based test cartridge using just a couple of simple manual steps. The test cartridge then simultaneously amplifies and detects genetic signatures in the DNA when plugged into a USB stick or other electronic device. The simple three-step Genalysis® process of “swab, twist, test” was designed by DNA Electronics to overcome the fact that most nucleic acid tests, even those described as point-of-care, still require laboratory steps such as pipetting and centrifugation, and use expensive instrumentation.