Toronto, Canada | Hasselt, Belgium | Boston, MA, USA | December 17th, 2020 | UgenTec and DMark Biosciences today announced a distributor agreement to offer the FastFinder software platform for molecular diagnostic labs performing routine PCR. The firm’s agreement will cover Canada and includes all FastFinder products aimed at the routine diagnostic molecular lab market.
"Canada is experiencing a significant ramp-up in testing SARS-CoV-2 PCR testing initiatives. With supply chains under pressure, labs under pressure to deploy quickly, and expert molecular biologist personnel under strain, we’re pleased we can now add UgenTec software to our portfolio and provide our customer labs with a solution from sample to answer - including data interpretation, sample workflow management, and LIMS connectivity”. Duane Mendis, General Manager at DMark commented.
“We’re pleased to work with DMark to bring our FastFinder platform to the market in Canada. Their knowledgeable team is ideally placed to introduce our solution to key diagnostic players in the country. With several large-scale customers deployed in the US, partnering with DMark represents a great opportunity for further development in North America”, Steven Verhoeven, UgenTec CEO commented.
With large-scale screening initiatives still presenting a significant challenge, the initial focus will be on bringing COVID sample-to-result workflows to the market. However, the respiratory season opens opportunities for broader panels, and labs still have to deal with routine diagnostic infectious disease and oncology workloads, which are also in scope of the collaboration.
A solution fit for high-throughput diagnostics
Multiple products within UgenTec’s FastFinder software platform will now be offered by DMark. FastFinder Analysis, the platform’s component for data interpretation and reporting, automates the assay instructions for use, minimizing result turnaround time (TAT) by avoiding time-consuming and error prone manual review. FastFinder Workflow adds fully automated sample and instrument tracking. As such, labs have full chain of custody of samples across plates, instruments and labs. And finally, FastFinder Insights offers real-time visual dashboards with lab intelligence across the assay portfolio, instrument fleet, and sites of the lab.
UgenTec - Hasselt, Belgium / Cambridge MA, USA
Steven Van Vooren
UgenTec is a molecular laboratory software provider servicing molecular labs, assay and instrument providers globally across applications in Clinical Molecular Diagnostics, Veterinary health, Crop Science, Breeding and Seed Health. UgenTec is headquartered in Hasselt, Belgium with offices in Boston, MA and its FastFinder platform has a global installed base of over 100 molecular labs and partnerships with leading molecular diagnostics vendors.
FastFinder is a modular, clinical grade Software as a Service platform using AI methods allowing labs of all sizes to standardize and automate their molecular workflows. FastFinder’s modules include Analysis, Genotyper, Insights and Workflow.
DMark Biosciences is Canada's #1 Genomics Solutions Architect. We specialize in providing full workflow solutions to Molecular Biology and Protein Biology laboratories. The company was founded in 2008 by the former Canadian General Manager of a top 15 Multinational Life Sciences supply company, with an emphasis on PCR/qPCR and sequencing. DMark works with small manufacturers of advanced solutions for molecular and protein biology, allowing cutting edge research to be performed faster, more accurately, and at a lower cost. At DMark, we take pride in maintaining strong customer focus and providing the best quality of services. Our latest ISO 9001:2015 certification reflects our commitment.