Shares of Manchester-based molecular diagnostics company Genedrive rose as much as 20% on Thursday after it said the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has preliminarily recommended that the Genedrive MT-RNR1 ID Kit can be used by the NHS.
The news followed an evidence review as part of the institute’s Early Value Assessment (EVA) Programme.
Genedrive shares are now up almost 140% in 2023.
The Manchester firm said the specialist NICE EVA committee collected evidence regarding technical, clinical, economic and social impact of the Genedrive MT-RNR1 ID Kit and concluded that the kit “can quickly and accurately identify babies with the primary genetic variant who may be at risk of hearing loss if given aminoglycoside antibiotics.”
Genedrive said there is currently no test available in the NHS that provides results quickly enough to inform decisions on antibiotic prescribing in emergency care and that “the long-term savings to the NHS associated with hearing loss and fitting cochlear implants” could be substantial.
“NICE’s final guidance on the Genedrive MT-RNR1 ID Kit will follow a public consultation period which opens today, 9 February and closes on 21 February 2023,” said Genedrive.
“The final recommendations will be the basis for NICE’s early value guidance on using the Genedrive MT-RNR1 test in NHS England alongside additional data generation.”
Genedrive CEO David Budd said: “We are delighted with the enthusiastic and positive engagement of the NICE specialist review team and encouraged by this draft stage recommendation from the EVA programme.
“We encourage relevant stakeholders to participate during the public consultation period to support our pioneering work, and look forward to receiving the final NICE report and recommendations for the world’s first rapid point-of-care genetic test used to influence neonatal management in an acute care setting.
“The timely publication of the NICE guidance is an important outcome that we expect will facilitate further uptake and adoption of the test by NHS England.”