VCA Antech to Become Exclusive U.S. Distributor of Fair Isaac FastPanelTM Diagnostics for Companion Animals
Fair Isaac’s first bioanalytics offering designed to increase speed and precision of disease diagnosis for family pets
Minneapolis, Minnesota,- Fair Isaac Corporation (NYSE:FIC), the leading provider of analytics and decision management technology, announced today that VCA Antech Incorporated (NASDAQ:WOOF), a leading animal healthcare company, will be the exclusive U.S. distributor of FastPanelTM diagnostic products and services for companion animals, Fair Isaac’s breakthrough approach to diagnosing infectious disease in cats, dogs and other species.
FastPanel™ line of diagnostic products is the first commercial offering released by Fair Isaac’s bioanalytics initiative.
“We searched for the best partner and found a great match in VCA Antech, the premier animal healthcare company in the nation,” said Jim Kalustian, vice president of the Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals and Government Business Unit at Fair Isaac. “With its extensive network of veterinary diagnostic laboratories and its reputation for high quality service and support, VCA Antech is the ideal partner to get our technology into the marketplace quickly.”
“We are excited to become the exclusive distributors for Fair Isaac’s new FastPanel diagnostics,” said Mr. Josh Drake, Executive VP of VCA Antech. “This technology promises to significantly improve how infectious diseases in companion animals are diagnosed in this country. We look forward to applying its benefits to some vexing diagnostic challenges and bringing compelling FastPanel offerings to market this year.”
By applying advanced pattern recognition methodologies on genetic data, Fair Isaac’s bioanalytics identify sequences with unique properties found within the DNA and RNA of parasites, viruses and bacteria. These patented sequences, called primers, are synthesized and delivered to laboratories for use in molecular diagnostic tests to detect the organisms causing infectious disease. The primers are the key component in the polymerase chain reaction (PCR), a process which allows labs to amplify and detect minute quantities of genetic material, providing a high degree of sensitivity for diagnosis. Fair Isaac’s FastPanel primer sets are optimized for parallel processing, so that labs can economically analyze animal samples for many diseases at once.
Dr. Scott Moroff, VP and Chief Medical Officer of Antech Diagnostics, said, “Veterinarians face significant diagnostic challenges in differentiating amongst infectious agents responsible for disease affecting many organ systems. Fast Panel will facilitate the diagnostic process by providing a unique platform for rapid and economical testing of a variety of pathogens on a single sample. The ability to perform multiple assays on a single sample will lead to faster diagnosis and treatment, and is particularly important for our smaller companion animals.”
FastPanel diagnostic products break new ground for the veterinary industry in several ways. Even though it tests for multiple pathogens, it requires only the same type of animal samples presently used in conventional, single-pathogen laboratory tests. Also, FastPanel diagnostic products test directly for the presence of pathogens and parasites, thus enabling detection of early-stage infections before antibody tests are able to. For more information about Fair Isaac’s FastPanel technology, please visit www.fast-panel.com
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