The timing of the agreement coincides with recent guideline changes across Europe recommending M. genitalium resistance screening in the management of non-gonococcal urethritis. The inclusion of a macrolide resistance test when detecting M. genitalium provides clinicians with much needed information to guide antibiotic treatment. Resistance to frontline antibiotic treatment is increasing and has been observed in up to 50 % of M. genitalium positive patients in recent studies. “This partnership is a true win-win,” said Colin Denver, CEO of SpeeDx. “We gain better access to these important European markets and Cepheid can bring its customers a comprehensive test for M. genitalium and azithromycin resistance.”
“SpeeDx offers a unique approach to simultaneous detection of pathogens and drug resistance directly from clinical specimens, consistent with Cepheid's approach to detecting tuberculosis,” said David H. Persing, MD, Ph.D., Cepheid’s Chief Medical and Technology Officer. "This technology could potentially be applied in multiple settings in which actionable treatment information is needed quickly."