Zalgen Labs introduces viral diagnostics business, opens advanced product development center in Colorado
Zalgen Labs, a biotechnology and diagnostics company focused on high-impact, neglected infectious diseases, announced that it has received via transfer the viral hemorrhagic fever diagnostics business from Corgenix Medical Corporation and opened an advanced product development center in the Fitzsimons Bioscience Park Center on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colo.
Zalgen Labs receives viral hemorrhagic fever diagnostics business from Corgenix Medical Corporation
Zalgen is a member of the Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Consortium (VHFC), an academic and industry collaboration lead by Tulane University working to develop state-of-the-art diagnostic and immunotherapeutic products for biothreat agents and emerging pathogens.
The Corgenix products transferred to Zalgen include the ReEBOV®Antigen Rapid Test, the first rapid diagnostic test (RDT) and the first immunoassay authorized for emergency use by the FDA for the presumptive detection of Ebola virus, and also the first listed for procurement by the World Health Organization (WHO) under the Emergency Use Assessment and Listing procedure. Also transferred is the ReLASV® Antigen Rapid Test for Lassa fever diagnosis, the first RDT for Lassa virus to be CE Marked, and other products for research use only.
Concurrent with the product transfer from Corgenix, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) transferred to Zalgen an existing Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant for development of recombinant antigen diagnostics for filoviruses, which has already resulted in development of the ReEBOV®Ebola test, among others.
“We are excited to add these remarkable diagnostic products to Zalgen's business, and we look forward to adding them to our expanding global distribution network,” said Zalgen Co-Founder Luis Branco, Ph.D. “Zalgen has been active in the research and development of these products since our inception, and our new development site in Colorado will serve as the Company’s primary site for diagnostics, while our immunotherapeutics activities will remain centered in Maryland.”
“Bringing robust viral hemorrhagic fever diagnostics to point-of-care testing greatly improves patient management and will be critical for early detection of pathogens that can become a global threat,” noted Zalgen Co-Founder Robert Garry, Ph.D. “The new Colorado facility will focus on advancing field-deployable and laboratory-based tests to improve diagnostic and surveillance capabilities of neglected tropical diseases, including both Ebola and Lassa fever.”