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OpGen’s Acuitas® Detection Technology Utilized in Publication Revealing Prevalence of CRE in Washington D.C. Healthcare Facilities
Results of over 1,000 patient samples for antibiotic resistant bacteria published today in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology

GAITHERSBURG, Md., June 15, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- OpGen, Inc. (NASDAQ:OPGN) today announced the publication of a citywide evaluation of Washington, D.C.’s healthcare facilities to gauge the prevalence of Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) throughout the District of Columbia. OpGen’s Acuitas DNA tests and Acuitas Lighthouse® bioinformatics were utilized to test over 1,000 patient samples across 16 institutions, including eight acute care hospitals, two long-term acute care hospitals, one inpatient rehabilitation facility, and five skilled nursing facilities.

The results, published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), revealed the prevalence of CRE, a family of highly pathogenic antibiotic-resistant organisms, are endemic across Washington, D.C. healthcare facilities, with 5.2% of inpatients testing positive for the bacteria. As a result of this study, healthcare facilities were able to establish a baseline prevalence of CRE in Washington, D.C., and demonstrate the ability to work together to identify and prevent future outbreaks of dangerous antibiotic-resistant organisms.

“This collaborative effort to understand the prevalence of a CRE across multiple institutions has helped create awareness of the problem of MDROs in our healthcare facilities,” said Evan Jones, Chairman and CEO of OpGen. “Our technology proved to be valuable in both understanding the epidemiology of CRE and demonstrated that early detection of threats may provide timely information enabling clinicians to take the necessary precautions to protect patients and co-workers.”

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OpGen, Inc. is harnessing the power of informatics and genomic analysis to provide complete solutions for patient, hospital and network-wide infection prevention and treatment. Learn more at and follow OpGen on Twitter and LinkedIn.

OpGen, Acuitas, Acuitas Lighthouse and QuickFISH are registered trademarks of OpGen, Inc.

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Michael Farmer
Director, Marketing

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Cammy Duong
MacDougall Biomedical Communications

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