Aptorum Group Limited (Nasdaq: APM, Euronext Paris: APM) (“Aptorum Group” or “Company”), today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Aptorum Therapeutics Limited (“ATL”) has entered into a non-binding Letter of Intent and Term Sheet (“Term Sheet”) to merge (“Transaction”) its 100% subsidiary, Paths Innovation Limited and its underlying business (collectively “PathsDx Group”) with Universal Sequencing Technology Corporation (“UST”), a San Diego and Boston based US company dedicated to the development and commercialization of advanced proprietary DNA sequencing technologies. Paths Innovation Limited currently holds, through its majority owned subsidiary Paths Diagnostics Pte. Limited, the PathsDx technology – a liquid biopsy NGS based technology for the diagnostics of infectious diseases. As consideration of the Transaction upon closing, ATL will become a shareholder of the combined company.
The Transaction and other ancillary distributions, where relevant, are subject to, among other matters, the execution of a mutually agreeable definitive agreement (the “Definitive Agreement”), completion of due diligence and subject to several conditions including, but not limited to, director and shareholder approvals. The relevant Term Sheet has been filed under a 6-K by the Company.
About Universal Sequencing Technology Corporation
Universal Sequencing Technology Corporation (UST) is a biotechnology company based in San Diego and Boston, established by a group of NGS veterans, dedicated in the development and commercialization of advanced DNA sequencing technologies. UST’s TELL-SeqTM linked read library technology enables short read NGS platforms, such as Illumina sequencers, to produce super long read results without a long read sequencer. A sequencing ready Illumina library can be prepared in 3 hours in a PCR tube, simple, fast and economic. It requires ultra-low DNA input, only 3-5ng for human genomes and 0.1-0.5ng for microbial genomes or target panels. With UST TELL-Seq library and a short read sequencer, one can do many previously incapable or difficult to do applications, such as de novo sequencing (microbe/animal/insect/plant), metagenomics (ID of new species and variants in microbiomes), whole genome or target phasing, detection of complicated SVs associated with genetic/rare diseases and cancers, genome-wide analysis of meiotic recombination, etc.. UST’s AmpliDropTM single cell technology offers users a fast and affordable but accurate single cell analysis tool capable of multiomics, isoform detection, and other advantages. Currently, UST has filed a total of 25 PCT patent applications covering linked read NGS library preparation, single cell sequencing and groundbreaking nano-sequencing technologies. UST is poised to lead the next wave of DNA sequencing.
About Aptorum’s PathsDx Program
PathsDx Test (formerly known as “RPIDD”) is an innovative liquid biopsy-driven rapid pathogen molecular diagnostics technology. PathsDx Test, through proprietary and patented technologies, is developed with the aim to, cost effectively through patient blood samples, enrich pathogenic DNA and RNA for pathogenic genome sequencing analysis through harnessing the power of Next-Generation Sequencing platforms and proprietary artificial intelligence-based software analytics with the goal to rapidly identify and detect any foreign pathogens (virus, bacteria, fungus, parasites) without bias through its genome composition and to identify other unknown pathogens and novel mutated pathogens. PathsDx Test is comprised of two proprietary metagenomics next-generation sequencing (mNGS) components: (i) HostEL for depletion of human background to enrich both pathogen DNA and RNA; (ii) AmpRE for one pot DNA/RNA library preparation for overall cost-effective amplification. PathsDx Test has been and continues to be validated in human clinical samples and so far, such testing has been able to detect pathogens – ranging from bacteria, fungi and both DNA and RNA based viruses in an unbiased manner.
About Aptorum Group
Aptorum Group Limited (Nasdaq: APM, Euronext Paris: APM) is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery, development and commercialization of therapeutic assets to treat diseases with unmet medical needs, particularly in oncology (including orphan oncology indications), autoimmune and infectious diseases. Aptorum has completed two phase I clinical trials for its ALS-4 (MRSA) and orphan drug designated SACT-1 (Neuroblastoma) small molecule drugs and commercializing its NLS-2 NativusWell® nutraceutical (menopause). The pipeline of Aptorum is also enriched through (i) the establishment of drug discovery platforms that enable the discovery of new therapeutics assets through, e.g. systematic screening of existing approved drug molecules, and microbiome-based research platform for treatments of metabolic diseases; and (ii) the co-development and ongoing clinical validation of its novel molecular-based rapid pathogen identification and detection diagnostics technology with Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research.
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