An Illumina hosted webinar entitled “iDTECT™ Blood, a sample-to-report next-generation sequencing (NGS) solution for precision diagnostics in infectious disease” is now available for viewing on Illumina’s website (link). The webinar featured a presentation by PathoQuest’s Chief Medical Officer, Hélène Peyro-Saint-Paul, MD, MBA, on the development and analytical validation of iDTECT Blood. Dr. Peyro-Saint-Paul also reviewed the clinical results from a prospective study of the test prototype which was recently published in Clinical Microbiology and Infection.
iDTECT Blood is a CE IVD test and represents an application of NGS-based shotgun metagenomics to the field of infectious disease diagnosis. The test provides microbiologists and clinicians a precision diagnostics tool allowing improved antibiotic stewardship in patients where current microbiological methods frequently fail to identify a responsible pathogen. Both the sample preparation and the bioinformatic pipeline have been optimized to provide high sensitivity and accuracy and an actionable report.