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GNA Biosolutions GmbH. (3/24/18). "Press Release: Multidisciplinary Consortium Announces Launch of PITBUL, an International Collaboration for the Development of Ultrafast Tuberculosis Diagnostics". Martinsried.

Region Region EU (European Union)
Organisations Organisation GNA Biosolutions GmbH
  Organisation 2 PITBUL project (EU, FP8, 201803– 2020, Point-of-Care implementation of TB testing with ultrafast Local Heating PCR, €3.8m)
Products Product real-time PCR test (clinical diagnostics)
  Product 2 Pulse Controlled Amplification technology (PCA technology)
Index term Index term PITBUL project–EU (govt): grant, 201803–2020 Horizon 2020 grant €3.8m to develop ultrafast PoC tuberculosis diagnostic platform
Persons Person Ullerich, Lars (GNA Biosolutions GmbH 201507 Managing Director)
  Person 2 Liapis, Anastasia (GNA Biosolutions 201803 Market Development Manager)

Molecular testing for tuberculosis (TB) could one day take only a few minutes, according to scientists behind a new €3.8 million project announced today.

Molecular technology company GNA Biosolutions GmbH and its project partners today announced the launch of PITBUL, a European Commission funded international research project aimed at developing a tuberculosis (TB) diagnostic platform to be utilized at the Point of Care.

The PITBUL project includes international partners from academic institutions, hospitals, research institutes and companies, which will collaborate to develop an ultrafast test that can detect TB infection in minutes rather than hours, as with current molecular TB tests.

Project partners include the Dodoma Regional Referral Hospital in Tanzania, the National Institute for Infectious diseases “L. Spallanzani” (based in Rome, Italy), the University of Latvia and the Riga East University Hospital, Fraunhofer ICT-IMM (Mainz, Germany), TATAA Biocenter, and MultiD Analyses AB (both in Göteborg, Sweden). GNA Biosolutions is serving as the project coordinator.

Traditional DNA tests for TB can take up to several hours to deliver a diagnosis. The PITBUL ultrafast TB test will be based on Pulse Controlled Amplification (PCA), a novel platform technology developed by GNA Biosolutions. The PITBUL ultrafast TB test aims to make DNA-based diagnosis of TB possible in just a few minutes.

“Tuberculosis is a global public health threat, particularly with multi-drug resistant TB strains on the rise,” said GNA Biosolutions Managing Director Lars Ullerich. “We are excited to have a world-renowned team assembled so that together we can take on the challenge of making an extremely fast, cost-effective and easy-to-use TB test a reality.”

The European Commission’s Horizon 2020 program, the EU’s largest Research and Innovation program, has awarded PITBUL 3.8 million Euros for the duration of the project, which is expected to conclude in 2020. To commemorate this year’s World TB Day, the PITBUL team today launched a website which will provide additional details and news about this publicly funded research project. For more information, please visit

About GNA Biosolutions:

GNA Biosolutions, located at the Innovation- and Start-up center (IZB) in Planegg/Martinsried, is a molecular technology company specializing in sample-to-result applications across medical diagnostics, biosecurity, food and water safety, agriculture and life sciences. GNA Biosolutions develops instruments, OEM modules and ultrafast molecular tests based on proprietary technologies protected by a comprehensive patent portfolio. GNA Biosolutions aims to bring the power of molecular technology to any environment by building ultrafast, accessible and useful molecular testing platforms, for the lab and the real world. For more information, visit:

Press contact:

Anastasia Liapis, Market Development Manager
GNA Biosolutions GmbH
Am Klopferspitz 19, D-82152 Planegg/Martinsried
Tel.: +49 089 99 82 07 195
Fax: +49 089 99 82 07 188

Record changed: 2019-04-26


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