TUCSON, Ariz., April 24, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HTG Molecular Diagnostics, Inc. (Nasdaq:HTGM), a provider of instruments, reagents and services for molecular profiling applications, announced that it has entered into a research collaboration agreement with Instituto Valenciano de Oncología (IVO).  The initial project, utilizing the HTG EdgeSeq Oncology Biomarker Panel, will focus on the development and validation of a breast cancer recurrence risk score, based on genes that are differentially expressed between patients with low and high risk of recurrence.

“The goal of this research collaboration is to develop a breast cancer recurrence score, based on HTG’s technology, that is capable of using a single, formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue section that can be deployable for use by IVO and its affiliates for testing of breast cancer patients in Spain,” said Dr. Jose Antonio Lopez-Guerrero, Head of the Laboratory of Molecular Biology at IVO. IVO, located in Valencia, Spain, is a private, non-profit organization whose resources are used in the fight against cancer including prevention, diagnosis, treatment, research, and teaching.

“While other breast cancer recurrence risk scores are available on market, we believe this effort could result in a more cost-effective, decentralized laboratory solution that may allow patients to more quickly make informed decisions regarding their treatments,” explained TJ Johnson, President and Chief Executive Officer of HTG.  “We believe our HTG EdgeSeq chemistry is well suited for the initial project because it will allow IVO to develop their training set using a single, FFPE tissue section from each previously assessed case.”

About HTG:

Headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, the mission of HTG Molecular Diagnostics (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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Contact:

Westwicke Partners
Jamar Ismail
Phone: 415-513-1282
Email: jamar.ismail@westwicke.com

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