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Company Overview of Asuragen, Inc.

Company Overview

Asuragen, Inc., a molecular diagnostics company, provides patient management solutions in oncology and genetic disorders. The company discovers, develops, and commercializes diagnostic products for use in clinical laboratories and bio/pharma partners’ diagnostic needs. It offers diagnostic products and services, which include AmplideX FMR1 PCR reagents for the detection of CGG repeats in fragile X mental retardation (FMR1) gene; AmplideX FMR1 mPCR reagents for the detection of methylation status in the FMR1 gene; AmplideX FMR1 Controls, which are mixtures of genomic DNA containing multiple alleles; Analyte specific reagents; AmplideX PCR/CE FMR1 Reporter, an automated software system that re...

2150 Woodward Street

Suite 100

Austin, TX 78744

United States

Founded in 2005





Key Executives for Asuragen, Inc.

Chief Executive Officer, President and Director
Founder and Chairman
Age: 64
Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Corporate Development
Age: 56
Senior Vice President of Operations
Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2016.

Asuragen, Inc. Key Developments

Asuragen Launches QuantideX® NGS RNA Lung Cancer Kit (RUO)

Asuragen, Inc. announced the launch of the QuantideX® NGS RNA Lung Cancer Kit, a next generation sequencing panel that simultaneously interrogates known clinically-relevant gene fusions, 3’/5’ imbalance markers, exon skipping events, and mRNA expression levels in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) samples. The QuantideX® RNA Lung Cancer Kit is a cGMP manufactured, end-to-end NGS-in-a-Box™ product solution. The kit is part of an integrated workflow that delivers sequencing-ready libraries in approximately half the time of comparable competitor methods and incorporates push-button analytics that standardize results. Asuragen’s proprietary Sample-Aware™ bioinformatics software solution minimizes the subjective results commonly associated with less integrated product offerings currently on market. The Asuragen QuantideX® NGS RNA Lung Cancer Kit is optimized for use with low-quality and quantity samples such as FFPE and fine-needle aspirations. The highly sensitive assay detects fusions and splice variants at 5% and 1% cell fractions, respectively.

Asuragen, Inc. Announces the Launch of Custom Armored Rna Quant Zika Virus

Asuragen, Inc. announced the launch of custom Armored RNA Quant Zika Virus target for use in developing molecular assays. Asuragen’s proprietary Armored RNA Quant® technology is the gold standard for reliable, traceable standards for use with molecular assays developed for virus quantitation. The rapid emergence and spread of the Zika Virus globally has created an immediate need for high sensitivity and specificity assays for detection. Asuragen’s Armored RNA® technology has been widely used for qualitative and quantitative controls in the infectious diseases space since the emergence of molecular amplification-based assays for HIV and HCV in the 1990s. The development of a custom Armored RNA Quant® Zika target extends this unique capability to the assessment of this new, highly virulent and rapidly spreading global infectious disease. In collaboration with an expert in viral molecular diagnostics, Professor Jan Felix Drexler, Institute of Virology, University of Bonn Medical Center and the German Center for Infection Research (DZIF), Asuragen has developed a control that specifically targets critical, conserved regions of the Brazil Zika virus.

Asuragen Inc Launches AmplideX PCR/CE C9orf72 Kit for High-Resolution Genotyping of GC-Rich Repeat Expansions Relevant

Asuragen Inc. announced the launch of the AmplideX PCR/CE C9orf72 Kit. The PCR/capillary electrophoresis-based assay leverages the company’s proven, proprietary technology for analyzing high homology and GC-rich content. The company has established the commercial technology for the reliable amplification and analysis of CGG triplet repeats in the FMR1 gene, which is associated with Fragile X Syndrome, Autism, and FXTAS, a neurodegenerative disorder. The AmplideX PCR/CE C9orf72 Kit represents a further expansion of this technology into neurogenetics. The kit provides clinical and pharmaceutical researchers a method for high-resolution genotyping of hexanucleotide repeat expansions in C9orf72, a gene of emerging interest in frontotemporal dementia (FTD). Although most individuals have fewer than ten G4C2 repeats in C9orf72, this sequence can expand to hundreds or thousands of repeat units in patients with neurodegenerative diseases. Established C9orf72 PCR methods typically quantify only 30-45 repeats, and multiple PCR assays are often used to genotype unexpanded samples and flag large expansions. The company’s assay is a single-tube PCR that quantifies up to 145 repeats by capillary electrophoresis (CE), identifies both short and long expansions, and reports sequence variability near the repeat region using only 40 ng of genomic DNA. The kit streamlines existing workflows while delivering more insightful data and reducing the reliance on other cumbersome assays, such as Southern blotting.

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