DARESBURY, England & MADRID--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Arcis Biotechnology (“Arcis”), the nucleic acid sample preparation solution provider, and Mirnax Biosens (“Mirnax”), the developer of microRNA (miRNA) biomarkers for clinical diagnostics, today announced they have signed an exclusive license agreement for use of Arcis sample preparation and preservation technology.
Under the terms of the agreement, Mirnax gains access to Arcis’ nucleic acid sample preparation and preservation technology, to improve the stability of its clinically validated miRNA biomarkers for early disease detection. Arcis will also work with Mirnax to develop a microfluidic device integrating both technologies.
Mirnax’ biomarkers are designed for early disease diagnosis, including cancer, arthritis, and kidney disease. However, miRNA is often difficult to preserve, degrading rapidly following extraction, which will affect the accuracy of diagnosis. Arcis’ two-step, rapid nucleic acid extraction and preservation technology enables the fragile miRNA biomarkers to be extracted and stabilised in less than three minutes, without the need for instrumentation or heating or cooling steps.