HTG Announces New Australian Patent for Its Technology

Tucson, Arizona, UNITED STATES

Patent covers methods of co-detecting mRNA and small non-coding RNA

TUCSON, Ariz., Feb. 26, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HTG Molecular Diagnostics, Inc. (Nasdaq:HTGM), a provider of instruments, reagents, and services for molecular profiling applications, today announced the issuance of Australian Patent Number 2012316129 for “Methods of Co-detecting mRNA and Small Non-coding RNA.”

The technology claimed in the patent involves multiplexed, nuclease-protection methods of detecting messenger RNA (mRNA) and small non-coding RNA, such as microRNA (miRNA), in a single test or assay. The patent, which provides protection until September 2032, is part of a family of patents, including U.S. patent no. 9,512,469 issued on December 6, 2016, protecting this method.

“We are pleased to strengthen our intellectual property protection with the addition of this Australian patent covering this application of our core technology,” stated TJ Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of HTG. “We believe miRNAs are gaining relevance as possible diagnostic markers and are very pleased to have our methods of mRNA and miRNA co-detection patented in multiple geographies. We have consistently sought to protect uses of our technology in the U.S. and globally, and now have over 20 patents covering our nuclease-protection-based technologies, including our HTG EdgeSeq method.”

About HTG
HTG Molecular Diagnostics Inc. (“HTG”) is focused on next generation sequencing (NGS) based molecular profiling. The company’s proprietary HTG EdgeSeq technology automates complex, highly multiplexed molecular profiling from solid and liquid samples, even when limited in amount. HTG’s customers use our technology to identify biomarkers important for precision medicine, to understand the clinical relevance of these discoveries, and ultimately to identify treatment options. Our mission is to empower precision medicine at the local level.

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Ashley Robinson
LifeSci Advisors, LLC

TJ Johnson
HTG Molecular Diagnostics
520-547-2827 x130