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Blood Test Accurately Predicts Death from Prostate Cancer up to 25 Years in Advance

A blood test at the age of 60 can accurately predict the risk that a man will die from prostate cancer within the next 25 years, according to researchers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, in New York, and Lund University, in Sweden. The findings, published today online in the British Medical Journal, could have important implications for determining which men should be screened after the age of 60 and which may not benefit substantially from continued prostate cancer screening.

Prometheus, Tarrot to Seek Crohn’s Disease Biomarkers for PGx Applications

Prometheus Laboratories and Tarrot Laboratories today announced an exclusive research collaboration and license agreement to identify biomarkers associated with clinical response to anti-TNF therapies in Crohn’s disease.

Aushon BioSystems Forms Scientific Advisory Board

Aushon BioSystems, Inc., a leading provider of advanced microarray products and laboratory services for biomarker discovery, development and analysis, announced today the formation of a Scientific Advisory Board consisting of internationally renowned physicians and scientists at the forefront of applying biomarker technology in clinical drug development.

CompanDx Launches Biomarker Panel for Predicting Time to Breast Cancer Metastasis

U.K.-based biomarker discovery services firm Compandia has changed its name to CompanDx and launched a 31 gene breast cancer metastasis prediction panel it calls Time to an Event. Developed using the company’s Risk Distiller bioinformatics tool, the Time to an Event biomarker panel can accurately predict time to metastasis following initial surgery and biopsy, CompanDx claims. The firm says it is now applying for funding to further validate the panel in the clinic. It already has collaborations in place with leading clinical centers, and industry support has been secured with a major diagnostics company.

ProxiScan Completes First Animal Tests

The first animal studies made using a 2009 R&D 100 Award-winning technology were recently performed at Molecular Insight Pharmaceuticals (MIP) in Cambridge, Mass. A new small molecule drug, Trofex, was successfully tested for its effectiveness as a biomarker for the detection of prostate cancer.