Publication date: 08/01/2019
Novosanis, a privately-held, Belgian company founded as a spinoff company from the University of Antwerp, Belgium, in 2013, annouced today that it has been acquired by the US-based publicly traded company Orasure Technologies Inc. (Bethlehem, PA, US; NASDAQ: OSUR), a leader in point of care diagnostic tests, sample collection and stabilization devices. Novosanis is an early commercial-stage producer and distributor of urine sample collection devices targeted primarily at the liquid biopsy, Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) screening, and urological cancer markets. Novosanis’ urine collection technology expands molecular collection portfolio and advances OraSure’s expertise in non-invasive sampling. Next to Novosanis, Orasure has also acquired CoreBiome, a spin-off from the University of Minnesota, US.
Novosanis’ primary product technology is Colli-Pee, an easy-to-use device designed for the standardized collection of first-void urine in the privacy of the user’s home or at a clinic. The initial commercial application is as a collection device for liquid biopsy tests in the prostate and bladder cancer markets. Additionally, product validation and clinical trials are underway with industry-leading STI test manufacturers. Colli-Pee is the only product specifically designed to collect a first-void sample and offers significant advantages to urinary testing companies, including superior test performance, ease-of-use for both collection and in the lab, and flexible customization options based on specific need.
“The Novosanis acquisition represents a clear fit in our stated ‘core growth strategy’ for our Molecular business – to grow our portfolio of collection products beyond oral samples by leveraging expertise in collection and stabilization tools and technologies – all of which can be used at home or in the clinic,” said Dr. Tang. “The Colli-Pee urine collection device has utility in high-growth markets, including liquid biopsy and STI diagnostics where OraSure can leverage its existing intellectual property, brand, and market expertise to deliver even more value to existing, and new, Molecular customers.”
Dr. Tang continued: “We believe there is a significant opportunity for an easy-to-use, differentiated product that combines our existing stabilization technology with Novosanis’ first-void sample and volumetric capabilities. The Colli-Pee product is the perfect answer for this unmet market need. DNA Genotek built its business on establishing DNA from saliva as a proven and trusted sample type for molecular analysis. We believe a key enabler for similar development of the urine market will be an improved collection experience with Colli-Pee, combined with ambient temperature stabilization of the sample.”
Dr. Vanessa Vankerckhoven, co-founder and CEO of Novosanis, added, “The Novosanis team is excited to become part of the OraSure family. The Colli-Pee device is complementary to OraSure’s existing portfolio of non-invasive sample collection devices. The acquisition will allow us to ensure further growth and expansion of our Colli-Pee device globally.”
“With our growing customer base, we’ve been rapidly expanding our manufacturing capacity in recent months,” Koen Beyers, Novosanis co-founder and Chief Technology Officer explained. “I’m looking forward to building scale and diversity of our innovation with OraSure and DNA Genotek.”
Novosanis is an innovative developer and producer of medical devices adding value to the accuracy of diagnostics tests as well as drug delivery in the field of prevention, detection and treatment of infectious diseases and oncology.
Novosanis is a Belgian privately held company endorsed on multiple occasions nationally and internationally for its solutions and is ISO13485 certified.
Novosanis prospers in user-friendly and clever medical devices meeting all regulatory and quality requirements for self-sampling and drug delivery solutions that improve accuracy and standardization while making handling easier, more consistent and more comfortable for the user.
The company has two device platforms in portfolio:
VAX-ID™ is a patented and proven platform of injection devices suited for accurate drug delivery of e.g. therapeutic, prophylactic and allergy vaccines in the dermal layer of the skin and
Colli-Pee™ is a patented sampling device suited for standardized and guaranteed collection of first-void urine (first 20ml of the urine flow) allowing improved detection of infectious diseases as well as early stage cancer. Colli-Pee™ is in a commercial stage. It is CE-marked, FDA listed, registered in Chile, Brazil, and Mexico.
For more information, please visit: www.novosanis.com
About OraSure Technologies
OraSure Technologies is a leader in the development, manufacture and distribution of point-of-care diagnostic and collection devices and other technologies designed to detect or diagnose critical medical conditions. Its first-to-market, innovative products include rapid tests for the detection of antibodies to HIV and HCV on the OraQuick® platform, oral fluid sample collection, stabilization and preparation products for molecular diagnostic applications, and oral fluid laboratory tests for detecting various drugs of abuse. OraSure’s portfolio of products is sold globally to various clinical laboratories, hospitals, clinics, community-based organizations and other public health organizations, research and academic institutions, distributors, government agencies, physicians’ offices, commercial and industrial entities and consumers. The Company’s products enable healthcare providers to deliver critical information to patients, empowering them to make decisions to improve and protect their health.