Over 25 years ago, a small team of Massachusetts Department of Public Health State Laboratory employees, working alongside leading clinicians in the emerging area of Lyme disease, recognized that the diagnostic tools available to physicians and laboratories were limited. This motivated team knew patients deserved better and in 1989 founded the Imugen laboratory, offering what is now known as the Accutix tick-borne disease tests. The roots of the laboratory began in providing fast, trusted and accessible testing for evidence of Borrelia burgdorferi infection, the infection that causes Lyme disease. Over time, these founding principles have been applied to other tick-borne infections and have grown to represent the Accutix test menu.
Innovation remains embedded in the Accutix tests, with progressive PCR and serology test options. This comprehensive testing including PCR and serology may offer a greater opportunity to detect evidence of tick-borne infection. Other innovations include a robust, internal database of infection positivity rates by region, the identification of Borrelia miyamotoi infection in the first clinical case in the United States in 2012 and, most recently, the completion of a three-year clinical trial to evaluate a testing algorithm for detecting Babesia microti in donated blood.
In 2016, lmugen became part of the Oxford lmmunotec family through an acquisition. Testing services are being expanded beyond the Northeast to provide clinicians across the United States with comprehensive testing solutions for tick-borne infections.