Population Genetics Licenses Proprietary Mutation Verification Tagging Patent To Agilent Technologies

CAMBRIDGE, UK – Population Genetics Technologies Ltd (PGT) has exclusively licensed patent rights including US 8,481,292 covering its proprietary mutation verification tagging technology to Agilent Technologies.  PGT retains exclusive rights to develop and commercialize mutation verification tagging for applications in human infectious disease diagnostics, and non-exclusive rights for veterinary diagnostics and plant genomic uses.  Mutation verification tagging is a PGT proprietary technology that allows for the sensitive and confident detection of minority genetic variants on next generation sequencing platforms to levels below 0.1%.

Commenting on the deal, Population Genetics CEO Alan Schafer said, “PGT’s proprietary mutation verification tagging technology provides significant advantage in applications where it is essential to confidently identify low level mutations, such as clinical detection of drug resistance mutations; the technologies uses are broad and will increasingly be applied in diverse contexts such as cancer and metagenomic applications.  Agilent represents the ideal commercialization partner for us because of their global reach and cross-platform business model”.

Financial terms were not disclosed.