LineaRx, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: APDN), announced that it is in process of designing new, custom amplicons for an existing customer in the in vitro diagnostics market. The diagnostic assay is expected to be available and qualified in 2020, potentially resulting in increasing revenue from an existing supply agreement.
The company currently receives annual orders for large-scale DNA from this customer under a 5-year supply agreement executed in 2017. The second annual purchase under the supply agreement was received earlier this year, and shipments will commence this quarter and continue for the following 3 quarters. This purchase order yields revenue in excess of $500,000.
We believe linear DNA is ideal for diagnostic applications in that modifications to the target amplicon made through the PCR process are faster, more efficient and less costly than traditional chemical derivatization. The molecular diagnostics market is projected to reach $11.54 billion by 2023 from $7.10 billion in 2017 at a CAGR of 8.4% (MarketsandMarkets.com; May 2018).
“The request for LineaRx to provide a new linear amplicon for a future diagnostic assay is a testament to the merits of linear DNA as well as our large-scale production capabilities,” said Brian Viscount, Director of Product Management at LineaRx. “If the amplicon is qualified by our customer, we expect recurring shipments under our supply agreement to increase in calendar 2020.” – Bio Space