Harris & Harris Group Portfolio Company, OpGen, Gains $6 Million Investment From Merck GHI in Addition to New Acquisition

NEW YORK, July 15, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Harris & Harris Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:TINY), an investor in transformative companies enabled by disruptive science, notes that its portfolio company, OpGen, an early commercial-stage molecular testing and bioinformatics company, has announced the closing of a $6 million financing by the Merck Global Health Innovation Fund (Merck GHI). OpGen plans to use the investment to further its molecular information business and rapid diagnostics to guide antibiotic therapy.

OpGen also recently announced the acquisition of AdvanDx, a developer of advanced molecular diagnostic products. Through this deal, OpGen will gain a family of FDA approved and CE marked rapid molecular tests for use with the company’s Acuitas MDRO Gene tests and bioinformatics for multi-drug resistant organisms.

“We have always been impressed by OpGen and its progress, but, with the financial help and guidance of Merck GHI along with the acquisition of AdvanDx, we believe that OpGen is well positioned for continued success,” says Misti Ushio, Ph.D., Managing Director and Chief Strategy Officer at Harris & Harris Group. “With these new tools and expertise at OpGen, the company will be able to expand its revenue, customer base and global reach.”

For more information on the $6 million financing with Merck GHI: http://ir.opgen.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=253977&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=2067591. For more information on the acquisition of AdvanDx: http://ir.opgen.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=253977&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=2067590.

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