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OpGen launches microbe detection test

OpGen Inc., of Gaithersburg, a molecular diagnostics provider, said it has developed a new test that can quickly and reliably identify patients at risk for harboring serious disease-causing microbes that can resist even the strongest antibiotics.

The Acuitas MDRO Gene Test is a comprehensive molecular screening tool that the company said will help hospitals and public health officials combat some of the most critical multi-drug resistant organisms (MDROs) threatening patients in health care facilities.

The company said the test can deliver results within 24 hours rather than current microbe detection methods that can take up to four days and miss some at-risk patients.

The test is performed at OpGen’s Clinical Services Laboratory in Gaithersburg.