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REPORT OF FOREIGN PRIVATE ISSUER
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For the date of March 18, 2020
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On March 18, 2020, Centogene N.V. issued a press release titled “CENTOGENE Announces Commencement of Testing for COVID-19”.
A copy of the press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.
Date: March 18, 2020
|By:||/s/ Richard Stoffelen|
|Name: Richard Stoffelen|
Title: Chief Financial Officer
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|99.1||Press release dated March 18, 2020|
Centogene Announces Commencement of Testing for COVID-19
Cambridge, MA, USA & Rostock/Berlin, Germany, March 18, 2020 (GLOBAL NEWSWIRE) – CENTOGENE (Nasdaq: CNTG), a commercial-stage company focused on rare diseases that transforms real-world clinical and genetic data into actionable information for patients, physicians and pharmaceutical companies, today announced that it will commence testing for the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. Testing for the virus is part of the Company’s initiative to help local, national and international authorities in their efforts to diagnose cases of COVID-19. Initially, the Company will provide testing for the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania region and the Company expects to expand testing activities to additional geographical areas within the upcoming weeks.
Prof. Dr. Arndt Rolfs, CEO of the Company, stated, "In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, CENTOGENE is maintaining its commitment to our patients, employees and the global community. This means using our advanced technical equipment and broad expert medical knowledge to support our communities to prevent a further spread of the virus and help individuals who may not otherwise have access to testing.”
CENTOGENE engages in diagnosis and research around rare diseases transforming real-world clinical and genetic data into actionable information for patients, physicians, and pharmaceutical companies. Our goal is to bring rationality to treatment decisions and to accelerate the development of new orphan drugs by using our extensive rare disease knowledge, including epidemiological and clinical data and innovative biomarkers. CENTOGENE has developed a global proprietary rare disease platform based on our real-world data repository with approximately 2.1 billion weighted data points from approximately 500,000 patients representing over 120 different countries as of December 31, 2019, or an average of approximately 600 data points per patient.
The Company’s platform includes epidemiologic, phenotypic and genetic data that reflects a global population, and also a biobank of these patients’ blood samples. CENTOGENE believes this represents the only platform that comprehensively analyzes multi-level data to improve the understanding of rare hereditary diseases, which can aid in the identification of patients and improve our pharmaceutical partners’ ability to bring orphan drugs to the market. As of December 31, 2019, the Company collaborated with over 35 pharmaceutical partners for over 40 different rare diseases.
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Certain information contained in this Press Release relates to or is based on studies, publications, surveys and other data obtained from third-party sources and the Company's own internal estimates and research. While the Company believes these third-party sources to be reliable as of the date of this presentation, it has not independently verified, and makes no representation as to the adequacy, fairness, accuracy or completeness of, any information obtained from third-party sources. In addition, all of the market data included in this press release involves a number of assumptions and limitations, and there can be no guarantee as to the accuracy or reliability of such assumptions. Finally, while the Company believes its own internal research is reliable, such research has not been verified by any independent source.
For further information, please refer to the Risk Factors section in our registration statement on form F-1, as amended (file no. 333-234177) and other current reports and documents filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). You may get these documents by visiting EDGAR on the SEC website at www.sec.gov.