LEXINGTON, Mass., Oct. 28, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- T2 Biosystems, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTOO), a company developing innovative diagnostic products to improve patient health, today announced that it received the Prix Galien USA 2015 Award for Best Medical Technology product. The award was presented at the Prix Galien USA Award ceremony at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City on October 27, 2015.
“Our team is proud to have the T2Candida Panel acknowledged for its rapid and sensitive detection of sepsis-causing pathogens directly from whole blood,” said John McDonough, chief executive officer of T2 Biosystems. “It is exciting to be recognized for our technology’s ability to drastically reduce the time it takes to diagnosis sepsis, and I am humbled to accept this award on behalf of my dedicated colleagues and the patients we are focused on developing improved diagnostics to treat.”
The Prix Galien Award recognizes the technical, scientific and clinical research skills necessary to develop innovative medicines and devices. Nominees include biomedical products that improve patient health across three categories, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and medical technology. The award nominees are chosen by the Prix Galien USA Committee, which is comprised of 10 renowned leaders from the biomedical industry and academia, including five Nobel Laureates.
About The T2Candida Panel
The T2Candida Panel is the first sepsis pathogen diagnostic that provides species-specific results in three to five hours without the need for blood culture, which can take up to six days to provide a result. The rapid detection of Candida enables physicians to provide targeted treatment quickly, and research has shown this can reduce a positive sepsis patient's length of stay in the hospital by almost nine days at a cost savings of approximately $26,887. A rapid negative result can prevent unnecessary administration of antimicrobials, further reducing costs. In addition, a rapid negative result can prevent or reduce antimicrobial resistance, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has designated a serious threat.
About T2 Biosystems
T2 Biosystems is focused on developing innovative diagnostic products to improve patient health. With two FDA-cleared products targeting sepsis and a range of additional products in development, T2 Biosystems is an emerging leader in the field of in vitro diagnostics. The Company is utilizing its proprietary T2 Magnetic Resonance platform, or T2MR®, to develop a broad set of applications aimed at lowering mortality rates, improving patient outcomes and reducing the cost of healthcare by helping medical professionals make targeted treatment decisions earlier. T2MR enables the fast and sensitive detection of pathogens, biomarkers and other abnormalities in a variety of unpurified patient sample types, including whole blood, eliminating the time-consuming sample prep required in current methods. The T2Candida Panel was cleared for marketing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in September 2014 for the detection of sepsis causing Candida. T2Candida Panel performance was established in adult subjects. T2Candida Panel performance in neonates, infants, and pediatric patients has not been established. For more information, please visit www.t2biosystems.com.
About the Galien Foundation
The Galien Foundation fosters, recognizes and rewards excellence in scientific innovation to improve the state of human health. Its vision is to be the catalyst for the development of the next generation of innovative treatment and technologies that will impact human health and save lives. The Foundation oversees and directs activities in the USA for the Prix Galien, an international award that recognizes outstanding achievements in improving the human condition through the development of innovative therapies. The Prix Galien was created in France in 1970 in honor of Galien, the father of medical science and modern pharmacology. Worldwide, the Prix Galien is regarded as the equivalent of the Nobel Prize in biopharmaceutical and medical technology research. For more information visit www.galienfoundation.org.
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