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Archives for May 2016

Astellas, Daiichi Sankyo, and Takeda Announce Research Collaboration on Establishing Biomarker Database on Healthy Adults

Astellas Pharma Inc. (President and CEO: Yoshihiko Hatanaka; Headquarters: Tokyo; TSE: 4503; “Astellas”), Daiichi Sankyo Company, Limited (President and CEO: Joji Nakayama; Headquarters: Tokyo; TSE: 4568; “Daiichi Sankyo”), and Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (President and CEO: Christophe Weber; Headquarters: Osaka; TSE: 4502; “Takeda”) recently announced that they have entered into a joint research agreement. It is an agreement to comprehensively acquire and analyze fundamental biomarker*1 data on healthy adult volunteers in order to optimize and accelerate the development of innovative medicines.

Illumina Selects BioDiscovery’s NxClinical Software for Data Visualization, Management and Interpretation for its CytoSeq ™ assay, an NGS-based Solution for Detection of CNVs, AOH, and SNVs

BioDiscovery, Inc., a leader in innovative genomic data analysis software solutions recently announced a collaborative agreement with Illumina Inc. (NASDAQ: ILMN) to provide BioDiscovery’s NxClinical software as the secondary data analysis and management tool for Illumina’s CytoSeq™ assay. The NxClinical software will be offered with the CytoSeq product to provide an easy-to-use interactive tool for visualization and interpretation of genomic events.

LabCorp Announces the Launch of the Epi proColon Test for Colorectal Cancer Screening

Laboratory Corporation of America® Holdings (LabCorp®) (NYSE: LH) today announced the launch of Epi proColon®, a blood-based test for colorectal cancer screening that was approved on April 13, 2016 for clinical use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Epi proColon® is the first FDA-approved DNA based blood test for colorectal cancer. The test was developed by Epigenomics AG (Frankfurt Prime Standard: ECX, OTCQX: EPGNY) and is available under a joint commercialization agreement with Polymedco, Inc. in North America. LabCorp, the world’s leading healthcare diagnostics company, is the first laboratory in the U.S. to offer this FDA-approved, blood-based colorectal cancer screening test.