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Pinsent Masons Law Firm Advises GNA Biosolutions GmbH

Pinsent Masons advised GNA Biosolutions GmbH on IP and commercial aspects of its rapid PCR COVID-19 test. The test, developed by German molecular diagnostics company GNA Biosolutions, has been approved by the domestic regulatory German Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices.

PCR means polymerase chain reaction. It’s a test to detect genetic material from a specific organism, such as a virus. The test detects the presence of a virus if you have the virus at the time of the test.

The new PCR test, which produces a result in 40 minutes, is being rolled out across Germany with EU-wide approval expected in the coming months

The reliability of the rapid test system by GNA Biosolutions is comparable to common PCR tests, which, however, require up to 48 hours for a result.

GNA Biosolutions is a molecular technology company based in Martinsried, Germany.

Their breakthrough technology, Pulse Controlled Amplification, transforms molecular testing by combining ultrafast nucleic acid amplification with intrinsic sample prep, to enable powerful solutions for the laboratory, on-site applications and the Point of Care.

Theirvision is to bring the power of molecular testing, from sample to answer, to everyone, everywhere.

The Pinsent Masons team advising on the deal was led by corporate partner Tobias Rodehau and included head of German public and regulatory Dr. Anke Empting, commercial and IP partner Dr. Michael Reich, technology, science and industry sector head Dr. Florian von Baum, head of German IP Marc Holtorf, and commercial legal director Dr. Igor Barabash.

GNA Biosolutions GmbH is a long-standing client of Pinsent Masons. In 2019 the firm successfully advised the company on its USD 13.5 million Series C financing.

The Bavarian state government has acquired six GNA Biosolutions test devices, which were officially approved in December, as well as 60,000 test kits.