T2 Biosystems Announces Submission for FDA Breakthrough Device Designation for Candida Auris Diagnostic Test
Company plans to add multidrug-resistant Candida auris detection to its FDA-cleared T2Candida Panel
LEXINGTON, Mass., June 05, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — T2 Biosystems, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTOO), a leader in the rapid detection of sepsis-causing pathogens and antibiotic resistance genes, today announced that it has submitted an application with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Breakthrough Device Designation for the Company’s Candida auris test. The Company recently announced plans to add C. auris detection to its FDA-cleared T2Candida® Panel.
Candida auris (C. auris) is a multidrug-resistant fungal pathogen with a mortality rate of up to 60% that has been labeled as a serious global health threat by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The CDC has deemed C. auris as an urgent antimicrobial resistant threat, as it can be difficult to identify with standard laboratory methods, some strains are resistant to all three available classes of antifungals, it spreads easily in healthcare facilities, and can cause severe infections with high death rates. The CDC estimates the costs associated with U.S. fungal diseases, in general, are as high as $48 billion annually, and has called on public health professionals to help lower the burden of fungal disease by continuing to raise awareness of the life-saving benefits of early detection and proper treatment.
“We are pursuing FDA Breakthrough Device Designation for our novel direct-from-blood C. auris diagnostic test to potentially accelerate the path toward FDA clearance and commercialization,” stated John Sperzel, Chairman and CEO of T2 Biosystems. “Our T2Candida Panel is the only FDA-cleared diagnostic able to detect sepsis-causing fungal pathogens directly-from-blood, in just 3-5 hours, without the need to wait days for a positive blood culture. We believe adding C. auris to our T2Candida Panel will provide clinicians with rapid results, enabling targeted antimicrobial treatment, which is aligned with CDC’s call to action.”
The T2Candida Panel is the only FDA-cleared diagnostic test able to detect sepsis-causing fungal pathogens directly from whole blood, without the need to wait days for a positive blood culture. The T2Candida Panel runs on the fully automated T2Dx® Instrument and simultaneously detects five Candida species, including Candida albicans, Candida tropicalis, Candida parapsilosis, Candida krusei, and Candida glabrata. Rapid detection of these pathogens, as well as Candida auris, is essential to getting infected patients on appropriate antimicrobial therapy and improving clinical outcomes.
The FDA Breakthrough Devices Program is a voluntary program for certain medical devices and device-led combination products that provide for more effective treatment or diagnosis of life-threatening or irreversibly debilitating diseases or conditions. It is available for devices and device-led combination products which are subject to review under a premarket approval application (PMA), premarket notification (510(k)), or De Novo classification request (De Novo request). This program is intended to help patients have more timely access to these medical devices by expediting their development, assessment, and review, while preserving the statutory standards for PMA approval, 510(k) clearance, and De Novo marketing authorization, consistent with the FDA’s mission to protect and promote public health.
About T2 Biosystems
T2 Biosystems, a leader in the rapid detection of sepsis-causing pathogens and antibiotic resistance genes, is dedicated to improving patient care and reducing the cost of care by helping clinicians effectively treat patients faster than ever before. T2 Biosystems’ products include the T2Dx® Instrument, the T2Bacteria® Panel, the T2Candida® Panel, the T2Resistance® Panel, and the T2SARS-CoV-2™ Panel and are powered by the proprietary T2 Magnetic Resonance (T2MR®) technology. T2 Biosystems has an active pipeline of future products, including the T2Biothreat™ Panel, the T2Cauris™ Panel, and T2Lyme™ Panel, as well as next-generation products for the detection of bacterial and fungal pathogens and associated antimicrobial resistance markers. For more information, please visit www.t2biosystems.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements contained in this press release that do not relate to matters of historical fact should be considered forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements regarding the potential that the Breakthrough Device application will be successful, and if it is successful, the potential that it will accelerate the FDA clearance of the T2Cauris Panel or the Company’s commercialization of the T2Cauris Panel, ability of the T2Cauris Panel to successfully detect C. auris, as well as statements that include the words “expect,” “may,” “should,” “anticipate,” and similar statements of a future or forward-looking nature. These forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations. These statements are neither promises nor guarantees, but involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, (i) any inability to (a) realize anticipated benefits from commitments, contracts or products; (b) successfully execute strategic priorities; (c) bring products to market; (d) expand product usage or adoption; (e) obtain customer testimonials; (f) accurately predict growth assumptions; (g) realize anticipated revenues; (h) incur expected levels of operating expenses; or (i) increase the number of high-risk patients at customer facilities; (ii) failure of early data to predict eventual outcomes; (iii) failure to make or obtain anticipated FDA filings or clearances within expected time frames or at all; or (iv) the factors discussed under Item 1A. “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022, filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, on March 31, 2023, and other filings the Company makes with the SEC from time to time, including our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K. These and other important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements made in this press release. Any such forward-looking statements represent management’s estimates as of the date of this press release. While the Company may elect to update such forward-looking statements at some point in the future, unless required by law, it disclaims any obligation to do so, even if subsequent events cause its views to change. Thus, no one should assume that the Company’s silence over time means that actual events are bearing out as expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing the Company’s views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.
Philip Trip Taylor, Gilmartin Group