New York, NY, and Tel Aviv, ISRAEL, Aug. 08, 2022 (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 entered into two contracts to provide PCR-based MonkeyPox testing services. Under the first agreement, Provista will provide tests related to MonkeyPox to a New Jersey-based medical group that specializes in routine screening of patients with dermatological conditions. Under the second agreement, the company is extending a reference lab agreement with a New Jersey-based CLIA lab that is already sending COVID test samples to add the MonkeyPox test.
Although lesion-based testing is the current standard of care under CDC guidelines, both clinic and laboratory customers have expressed a desire to offer the saliva-based specimen collection method that Provista currently valid alongside lesion-based testing as a way to improve the safety of frontline healthcare workers screening suspected cases of MonkeyPox, given the recent report of a healthcare worker in Israel infected with MonkeyPox after being detected a suspected case. Saliva-based tests are the subject of intense research which the company believes will open up the possibility of testing asymptomatic or very early-stage patients at high risk of serious disease (such as immunocompromised patients) who could lead to a earlier diagnosis and early intervention with therapeutic drugs such as Tecovirimat (TPOXX). TPOXX is an investigational drug candidate and is currently only available under an Expanded Access Investigational New Drug (EA-IND) protocol. Flow Health in Los Angeles, Calif., has previously reported success in diagnosing asymptomatic MonkeyPox patients and referring patients for TPOXX. Provista MonkeyPox tests are developed as Laboratory Developed Tests (LDTs). A recent peer-reviewed article describing a strong correlation between the sensitivity of lesion- and saliva-based PCR tests was recently published in the journal Eurosurveillance: https://www.eurosurveillance.org/content/10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2022.27.28.2200503
“After announcing last week that we were entering the MonkeyPox testing space, we received many requests to establish business relationships with physician groups, potential referral lab partners and municipalities,” said Gerald. E. Commissiong, President and CEO of Todos Medical. “We are moving quickly to complete lesion and saliva-based MonkeyPox testing so we can begin to meet growing demand and establish Provista as a regional center of excellence for infectious disease and Long COVID testing.”
About Todos Medical Ltd.
Founded in Rehovot, Israel, with offices in New York, Todos Medical Ltd. (OTCQB: TOMDF) designs life-saving diagnostic solutions for the early detection of various cancers. The company’s state-of-the-art and patented Biochemical Infrared Assays (TBIA) is a proprietary cancer screening technology using peripheral blood analysis that examines the influence of cancer on the immune system, looking for changes biochemicals in blood mononuclear cells and plasma. The two cancer screening tests developed in-house by Todos, TMB-1 and TMB-2, have received CE marking in Europe. Todos recently acquired US medical diagnostics company Provista Diagnostics, Inc. to obtain the rights to its CLIA/CAP-certified laboratory based in Alpharetta, Georgia, which currently performs COVID PCR testing, Long COVID signand Provista’s exclusive Videssa® breast cancer screening blood test.
Todos also develops 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 (PBL) and monocytes to resist exogenous mitogenic stimulation that prompts them to enter the cell cycle. Some diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease, are thought to be the result of compromised cellular machinery that leads to aberrant cell cycle reentry by neurons, which then leads to apoptosis. LymPro is unique in using peripheral blood lymphocytes as a surrogate for neuronal cell function, suggesting a common relationship between PBLs and brain neurons.
Todos formed the Israel-based majority-owned joint venture 3CL Pharma, Ltd with NLC Pharma in March 2022 to consolidate all intellectual property pursuing the development of diagnostic tests targeting the 3CL protease, as well as protease inhibitor botanicals and pharmaceuticals 3CL that target a fundamental reproductive mechanism of coronaviruses. 3CL Pharma, through the 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 and anti-cytokine therapeutic drug candidate Tollvir ®, while also developing the diagnostic 3CL protease inhibitor TolloTest™.
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