Flu diagnosis set to be revolutionised by Enigma ML system

Enigma Diagnostics Ltd, the spin-out company of Ploughshare Innovations, has successfully completed its analytical and diagnostic verification of its FluAB-RSV diagnostic assay on the Enigma® ML system, which looks set to benefit many patients in the future.

The organisation – which specialises in developing next generation rapid molecular diagnostic instrument platforms for decentralised and point-of-care settings – completed the verification at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London, and is set to finalise validation and CE marking of the test this year.

Enigma installed a series of mini laboratory (ML) instruments at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ for use at the Trust’s Centre for Clinical Infection and Diagnostics Research (CIDR). Over the last few months, hundreds of clinical samples obtained from respiratory disease patients in Africa, were processed on the Enigma® ML system and compared with data from the Luminex xTAG respiratory viral panel. The results highlighted comparable sensitivity and specificity between the two systems with the Enigma® ML achieving negative predictive value (NPV) and positive predictive value (PPV) values of 100 per cent for the FluB and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) components of the assay. The system also achieved NPV and PPV of 97 per cent and 100 per cent for the FluA component of the assay.

The Enigma® ML system is able to deliver PCR-based results from a raw sample over a time period of around one hour and the organisation is also working on the development of a series of multiplexed assays for the Enigma® ML – including panel tests for respiratory viruses, multi-drug resistant tuberculosis and other respiratory infections – in addition to the FluAB-RSV test.

Chairman of Enigma Diagnostics, John McKinley, said that the organisation was “delighted to be collaborating with such a prestigious and influential clinical centre.”

“Having achieved such an exceptional diagnostic performance on our Enigma® ML system with the FluAB-RSV assay, we are now ready for validation and CE marking,” Mr McKinley went on to say.

Consultant Microbiologist and Head of the Centre for Clinical Infection and Diagnostics Research at Guy’s and St. Thomas’, Dr Jonathan Edgeworth, said that the hospital was extremely pleased that Enigma had chosen it as its partner to test the performance of the Enigma® ML system.

“This will provide an opportunity to influence the development of a testing system that has potential to benefit patients in the future,” Mr Edgeworth concluded.


Notes to the Editor:

Ploughshare Innovations Ltd

Ploughshare manages the commercial licencing to industry of Intellectual Property developed by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl). Ploughshare’s goal is to give clients a competitive edge, by lowering technology risk, reducing R&D costs, speeding time to market, and maximizing the business opportunity. It provides leading edge, application focused technology, backed up with the assurance of advanced IP support and protection. Ploughshare is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dstl. Dstl maximises the impact of science and technology for the defence and security of the UK. It supplies sensitive and specialist science and technology services for the UK Ministry of Defence and wider government, saving lives in the UK, overseas and on the frontline.

Enigma Diagnostics Limited

Enigma works to provide cost-effective, straightforward molecular diagnostics at the point of need and specialises in developing next-generation rapid molecular diagnostic instrument platforms for laboratories and decentralized point-of-need settings. Enigma’s innovation and proprietary technologies combine the speed and sensitivity of real-time PCR (polymerase chain reaction) with the simplicity needed for decentralized and point-of-need testing providing results from a raw sample in under 60 minutes.

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