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Cepheid signs pharma deal with 3 big pharmas

Posted on 20 June 2014

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Cepheid announced a new pharma deal with AstraZeneca, Cubist Pharmaceuticals, and GSK intended to promote transformational change in infectious disease therapy.

It will by developing a rapid diagnostic test that can target multi-drug resistant pathogens and support the appropriate use of antibiotics.

Targeting bacterial infections with the right treatment will slow the development of resistance that has led to a crisis in treating infections.

Xpert Carba-R is a rapid test under development for use with rectal swab samples to identify the presence of potentially life threatening bacteria.

Specifically, the consortium is working to extend the number of body sample types from rectal swabs to other body samples such as respiratory samples from patients with pneumonia.

Xpert Carba-R is commercially available outside the US, and is targeted for commercial release in the US in 2015, subject to regulatory approval.

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