TUCSON, Ariz., March 22, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HTG Molecular Diagnostics, Inc. (Nasdaq:HTGM), a provider of instruments, reagents, and services for molecular profiling applications, today announced that it has obtained CE marking in the European Union for its HTG EdgeSeq ALKPlus Assay EU.

The HTG EdgeSeq ALKPlus Assay EU is an in vitro diagnostic assay intended to measure and analyze mRNA ALK gene rearrangements in formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded lung tumor specimens from patients previously diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The assay may be used to aid in the identification of patients eligible for treatment with ALK-targeted therapeutics, such as crizotinib, and is automated on the HTG EdgeSeq system using a next-generation sequencer for detection.

Lung cancer is a leading cause of cancer death in men and women worldwide. In Europe, approximately 391,000 people were diagnosed with lung cancer in a single year, according to the European Society for Medical Oncology, and NSCLC accounts for 85 to 90% of all lung cancer cases. Due to the important therapeutic implications, routine testing for rearrangement in the ALK gene is now recommended for all NSCLC patients diagnosed with adenocarcinoma.

"We are pleased to add the HTG EdgeSeq ALKPlus Assay EU to our diagnostic assay menu in Europe,” stated TJ Johnson, HTG’s President and CEO. “Lung cancer is a significant global health problem and an important focus area for HTG. We plan to offer this assay to selected European early adopters as we seek additional regulatory approvals elsewhere.”

About HTG:

Headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, the mission of HTG Molecular Diagnostics, Inc. (HTG) is to empower precision medicine at the local level. In 2013, the company commercialized its first instrument platform and a portfolio of RNA assays that leveraged HTG's original proprietary nuclease protection chemistry. Continuous improvement led to the 2014 launch of the company’s HTG EdgeSeq product line, which automates sample and targeted library preparation for next-generation sequencing. Additional information is available at www.htgmolecular.com.

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Jamar Ismail
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TJ Johnson
President / CEO
HTG Molecular Diagnostics
Phone: 520-547-2827 x130
Email: tjjohnson@htgmolecular.com