Clinical Diagnostics

Immunocompromised and other high-risk patients with suspected infections typically receive empiric broad spectrum antimicrobial therapy due to the inability to identify a specific pathogen in clinical samples obtained from patients who present with fever and other signs of infection.

  • Limitations with current testing methodologies (e.g. blood cultures and PCR) result in the failure to identify the causative pathogen in 60% to 85% of high risk patients.
  • This leads to the inability to target therapies to specific pathogens and contributes to:

– ineffective treatments

– the overuse of broad spectrum antibiotice

– an increased risk of developing bacterial and fungal overgrowth infections

– the emergence of antibiotic resistance 

– higher costs of medical care

PathoQuest’s NGS pathogen identification testing approach uses a process called metagenomics to provide a more sensitive and comprehensive approach to the identification of pathogens enabling targeted antimicrobial therapy and improved antibiotic stewardship.

PathoQuest’s patented, game-changing metagenomics approach to pathogen identification permits the identification of pathogens from blood samples via the following 3-step process:

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Click here for more detailed information of PathoQuest’s NGS-based solution for identifying clinical pathogens.