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Archives for February 2017

Biomarker Predicts Poor Prognosis in African-Americans with Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

Having high levels of a certain biomarker is linked to poor prognosis in African-American patients with triple-negative breast cancer, while the same biomarker doesn’t influence disease outcomes in white patients, according to a new study.

Predicting Autism: Researchers Find Autism Biomarkers in Infancy

By using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to study the brains of infants who have older siblings with autism, scientists were able to correctly identify 80 percent of the babies who would be subsequently diagnosed with autism at 2 years of age.

Researchers from the University of Washington were part of a North American effort led by the University of North Carolina to use MRI to measure the brains of “low-risk” infants, with no family history of autism, and “high-risk” infants who had at least one autistic older sibling. A computer algorithm was then used to predict autism before clinically diagnosable behaviors set in. The study was published Feb. 15 in the journal Nature.

Asterand Bioscience and MolecularMD Announce a Partnership to Accelerate Targeted Therapeutic Biomarker Validation, Optimization, Development and Commercialization

Asterand Bioscience, the leader in high quality, well-characterized human tissue and human tissue-based research solutions supporting drug discovery and development, announced today a partnership with MolecularMD to combine MolecularMD’s expertise as a provider of molecular diagnostics products and services with Asterand Bio’s drug target and candidate validation capabilities. MolecularMD is a molecular diagnostics company that develops custom clinical trial assays as well as companion diagnostic products, supporting clinical trial services and commercialization of targeted cancer therapies. The partnership creates an end-to-end workflow for biopharma clients and strengthens the companies’ current offerings in assay development & validation, while creating a global footprint for the efficient delivery of clinical trial sample analyses.

Invivoscribe Announces Long-Term Collaboration Agreement with Illumina and Plans Release of NGS-based IVD Assay Kits

Invivoscribe® Technologies Inc., an international company with decades of experience providing clonality and biomarker test solutions for the fields of oncology, personalized molecular diagnostics® and personalized molecular medicine®, announces today its long-term collaboration agreement with Illumina® Inc., to develop and commercialize in vitro diagnostic (IVD) assays for the next-generation sequencing (NGS) MiSeqDx® platform. This agreement allows Invivoscribe to bring IVD assays through the FDA, together with the associated bioinformatics software, for sale and distribution in the US.

Ovid Therapeutics and NeuroPointDX Announce Collaboration to Identify Biomarkers for Angelman Syndrome

Ovid Therapeutics, a privately held biopharmaceutical company committed to developing medicines that transform the lives of people with rare neurological disorders, and NeuroPointDX, a privately held biotech company based in Madison, Wisconsin and Cambridge, Massachusetts, recently announced that they have entered into a collaboration to identify novel biomarkers of Angelman syndrome by analyzing metabolomic profile data as part of Ovid’s ongoing randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase 2 clinical trial (STARS).