Cepheid Announces FleXible Cartridge Program

SpeeDx is the First Trusted Reagent Manufacturer to launch a new test for use on the GeneXpert® System


Cepheid today announced its FleXible Cartridge program to accelerate menu expansion in Europe and China through partnerships with selected Trusted Reagent Manufacturers (TRMs). Through this program, GeneXpert® System users will gain access to new CE-IVD and China NMPA approved tests in addition to Cepheid’s expanding line of Xpress and Multiplexed Xpert assays. The first FleXible Cartridge test to be launched as part of this program will be the SpeeDx ResistancePlus® MG test for the simultaneous detection of M. genitallium and associated drug resistance.

“Our new FleXible Cartridge program allows TRMs to develop targeted molecular tests using Cepheid’s easy-to use-cartridge,” said David H. Persing, M.D., Ph.D., Cepheid’s Chief Medical and Technology Officer. “With a global installed base of nearly 22,000 GeneXpert Systems, this technology could potentially be applied in multiple settings in which actionable treatment information is needed quickly.”

“The availability of ResistancePlus MG in a FleXible cartridge that runs on the GeneXpert System is a compelling and exciting extension for us,” said Colin Denver, CEO of SpeeDx. “Patients are already benefiting from Resistance Guided Therapy with our central lab tests. Now clinicians can receive resistance information even faster, to support antimicrobial stewardship and more effective antibiotic treatment decisions.”

About Cepheid

Based in Sunnyvale, Calif., Cepheid is a leading molecular diagnostics company that is dedicated to improving healthcare by developing, manufacturing, and marketing accurate yet easy-to-use molecular systems and tests. By automating highly complex and time-consuming manual procedures, the company’s solutions deliver a better way for institutions of any size to perform sophisticated genetic testing for organisms and genetic-based diseases. Through its strong molecular biology capabilities, the company is focusing on those applications where accurate, rapid, and actionable test results are needed most, such as managing infectious diseases and cancer. For more information, visit www.cepheid.com.

About SpeeDx

Founded in 2009, SpeeDx is an Australian-based private company with offices in London and the US, and distributors across Europe. SpeeDx specializes in molecular diagnostic solutions that go beyond simple detection to offer comprehensive information for improved patient management. Innovative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) technology has driven market-leading multiplex detection and priming strategies. Product portfolios focus on multiplex diagnostics for sexually transmitted infection (STI), antibiotic resistance markers, and respiratory disease. For more information on SpeeDx please see: https://plexpcr.com

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