Todos Medical Initiates Validation Plan for PCR-based Avian Influenza A (H5N1, Bird Flu) Test at CLIA/CAP Testing Lab Provista Diagnostics
New York, NY, and Tel Aviv, ISRAEL, Feb. 14, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via NewMediaWire -- Todos Medical, Ltd. (OTCQB: TOMDF), a comprehensive medical diagnostics and related solutions company, today announced that its CLIA/CAP-certified laboratory Provista Diagnostics has initiated a validation plan for PCR-based Avian Influenza A (H5N1, bird flu) human testing. Under the plan, the Company will validate commercial and internally developed H5N1 PCR reagents and launch the most sensitive test. The H5N1 PCR test is being developed as a Laboratory Developed Test (LDT).
The currently circulating strain of H5N1, which has been the most transmissible and most deadly to date, has successfully crossed over from birds to mammals, with various land and sea animals, including skunks, foxes, raccoons, bears, minks, mountain lions, sea lions, seals and dolphins having confirmed H5N1 infection at death. Over 58 million poultry birds have been affected, and cases in birds have been reported in every state in the US. There is concern among leading scientists that the current strain of H5N1 could mutate to become more transmissible towards humans. Ecuador reported the first human case of H5N1 for 2023 in a 9-year old girl in January. When H5N1 does infect humans, historical data gathered shows it has a 56% mortality rate.
“The significant investment we have made to automate COVID PCR testing at Provista is now allowing us deploy this capability to help monitor for Bird Flu (H5N1, Avian Flu) in the human population,” said Gerald E. Commissiong, President & CEO of Todos Medical. “Our ability to quickly scale up testing for airborne pathogens will be crucial going forward as we encounter airborne viral illnesses more regularly as a result of climate change and the general decline in human immunity stemming from broad SARS-CoV-2 transmission.”
About Todos Medical Ltd.
Founded in Rehovot, Israel with offices in New York City, Todos Medical Ltd. (OTCQB: TOMDF) engineers life-saving diagnostic solutions for the early detection of a variety of cancers. The Company's state-of-the-art and patented Todos Biochemical Infrared Analyses (TBIA) is a proprietary cancer-screening technology using peripheral blood analysis that examines cancer's influence on the immune system, looking for biochemical changes in blood mononuclear cells and plasma. Todos’ two internally developed cancer-screening tests, TMB-1 and TMB-2 have received a CE mark in Europe. Todos recently acquired U.S.-based medical diagnostics company Provista Diagnostics, Inc. to gain rights to its Alpharetta, Georgia-based CLIA/CAP certified lab currently performing PCR COVID testing, Long COVID Panel, and Provista's proprietary commercial-stage Videssa® breast cancer blood test. For more information, please visit www.provistadx.com.
Todos is also developing blood tests for the early detection of neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease. The Lymphocyte Proliferation Test (LymPro Test™) is a diagnostic blood test that determines the ability of peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBLs) and monocytes to withstand an exogenous mitogenic stimulation that induces them to enter the cell cycle. It is believed that certain diseases, most notably Alzheimer's disease, are the result of compromised cellular machinery that leads to aberrant cell cycle re-entry by neurons, which then leads to apoptosis. LymPro is unique in the use of peripheral blood lymphocytes as a surrogate for neuronal cell function, suggesting a common relationship between PBLs and neurons in the brain.
Todos formed the Israeli-based majority-owned joint venture 3CL Pharma, Ltd with NLC Pharma in March of 2022 to consolidate all of the intellectual property pursuing the development of diagnostic tests targeting the 3CL protease, as well as 3CL protease inhibitor botanical and pharmaceutical products that target a fundamental reproductive mechanism of coronaviruses. 3CL Pharma, through Todos’ brand, has commercialized the 3CL protease inhibitor immune support dietary supplement Tollovid® in the United States, is developing the dual mechanism 3CL protease inhibitor & anti-cytokine therapeutic drug candidate Tollovir®, while also developing the 3CL protease inhibitor diagnostic TolloTest™.
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Released February 14, 2023