HTG Molecular Diagnostics and Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, Enter Into a Master Companion Diagnostics Agreement

TUCSON, Ariz., Oct. 11, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HTG Molecular Diagnostics, Inc. (Nasdaq:HTGM) (“HTG”), a provider of instruments and reagents for molecular profiling applications, and Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, have entered a broad companion diagnostics master agreement. The initial development program agreement utilizes the HTG EdgeSeq DLBCL Cell of Origin Assay in the Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, M7583, selective and irreversible inhibitor of Burton’s Tyrosine Kinase (BTK), program.

“We are honored to be chosen as the diagnostic development partner for Merck KGaA’s BTK program and our team is now focused on the near-term milestones. Additionally, having a master companion diagnostic agreement paves the way for additional development collaborations,” stated TJ Johnson, HTG’s President and CEO. “We have worked very hard to establish the organizational capabilities to support the development, regulatory filing and commercialization of companion diagnostics demonstrated by the recent CE/IVD marking of HTG’s DLBCL cell of origin assay,” added Mr. Johnson.

About HTG:

Headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, HTG’s mission is to empower precision medicine at the local level. In 2013, the company commercialized its HTG Edge instrument platform and a portfolio of RNA assays that leverage HTG’s proprietary nuclease protection chemistry. HTG’s product offerings have since expanded to include its HTG EdgeSeq product line, which automates sample and targeted library preparation for next-generation sequencing. Additional information is available at

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Contact: Westwicke Partners Jamar Ismail Phone: 415-513-1282 Email: TJ Johnson President / CEO HTG Molecular Diagnostics Phone: 520-547-2827 x130 Email:

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