Roche To Acquire Molecular Diagnostics Company GeneWeave
Roche has signed a definitive agreement to acquire GeneWEAVE BioSciences, Inc., a privately held company focused on clinical microbiology diagnostics solutions based in Los Gatos, California. Under the agreement, Roche will pay GeneWEAVE shareholders $190 million upfront and up to $235 million in contingent product related milestones. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and, once closed, GeneWEAVE will be integrated into Roche Molecular Diagnostics.
The acquisition provides Roche with GeneWEAVE's Smarticles technology, a class of molecular diagnostics that identifies multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) and assesses antibiotic susceptibility directly from clinical samples, without the need for traditional enrichment, culture or sample preparation processes. GeneWEAVE's first system in development is the vivoDxâ€”an automated, random-access system designed to meet the needs of laboratories addressing MDRO detection and antibiotic therapy guidance. The technology is currently being evaluated in multiple sites across the United States.