MRC Technology and Renishaw Diagnostics Collaborate to Identify and Develop Infectious Disease Diagnostics

Initiative combines expertise to accelerate clinical diagnostic screening

London, UK, 3 October 2013: MRC Technology, a technology transfer organisation, announced today it has entered into collaboration with Renishaw Diagnostics Ltd (RDL), developer of the RenDx® multiplex assay system, to identify and design novel clinical diagnostic tests for infectious disease.

The agreement will benefit from the combination of RDL’s proprietary multiplex screening technology and expertise in assay development, with MRC Technology’s experience in developing early stage research for clinical application and commercialisation. The focus of the collaboration is to identify and accelerate research which has potential in infectious disease diagnostics.

Rupert Jones, RDL’s General Manager commented, “RDL is delighted to be working with MRC Technology as a leader in translating basic research into commercial opportunities. MRC Technology's expertise and experience will allow us to accelerate development of our assay portfolio, enhancing the capabilities of the RenDx platform and providing end users with additional value and flexibility.”

The RenDx multiplex assay system is based on surface enhanced resonance Raman scattering, providing automated, multiplex, high sensitivity, in vitro screening for clinical research.

“MRC Technology will build a capability in early stage translation of diagnostic opportunities from academia at our laboratory facilities in Edinburgh,” added Mike Dalrymple, MRC Technology. “We are delighted to be working with RDL to identify opportunities that will take advantage of RDL’s platform and capabilities. Key to success will be ensuring information exchange between RDL and MRC Technology scientists, thus opening up the potential for future research collaboration.”

About MRC Technology

MRC Technology (www.mrctechnology.org) is an independent life science technology transfer charity, offering professional services to organisations within the academic, charity, biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors globally. Services include IP management and research and development for diagnostics, small molecules and therapeutic antibodies. MRC Technology bridges the gap between basic medical research and commercialisation, helping early discoveries progress to clinical application.

About Renishaw Diagnostics Ltd

Renishaw Diagnostics Ltd (www.renishawdiagnostics.com) is a subsidiary of the Renishaw Group, a leading global supplier of engineering technologies, medical devices and Raman spectroscopy systems. Renishaw's products are used in such diverse applications as machine tool automation, additive manufacturing and medical technologies. Founded in 1973, Renishaw now has over 3,000 staff in over 30 countries around the world. Renishaw Diagnostics is part of the group's growing focus and expansion into the healthcare sector.

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