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Chronix Biomedical Adds State-of-the-art Mass Seqeuncing Capabilities to Accelerate Development of it’s DNA Biomakers for Early Detection of Cancer

Chronix Biomedical today reported that it has significantly expanded and accelerated its biomarker development capabilities with the installation of Germany’s first state-of-the-art high-throughput DNA mass sequencer at the University of Göttingen, Chronix’s long-time collaborator. Chronix is developing disease-specific biomarkers based on DNA fragments that are released into the bloodstream by damaged and dying (apoptotic) cells. Chronix‘s serum DNA biomarkers are applicable to a wide range of cancers and other chronic diseases.

The Cancer Biomarker Conundrum: Too Many False Discoveries

The boom in cancer biomarker investments over the past 25 years has not translated into major clinical success. The reasons for biomarker failures include problems with study design and interpretation, as well as statistical deficiencies, according to an article published online August 12 in The Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Pacific Biomarkers Launches New Website

Pacific Biomarkers, Inc., a provider of biomarker laboratory services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and diagnostics industries, unveiled its new website on Friday, July 23. The site, www.PacBio.com, incorporates numerous features to make browsing a more fruitful experience for the Company’s current and potential customers and investors.

Thermo Fisher Scientific and Intrinsic Bioprobes Announce Alliance in Mass Spectrometric Immunoassay Workflow Development

Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc., the world leader in serving science, and Intrinsic Bioprobes (IBI) Inc., today announced an alliance to co-develop and market a mass spectrometry solution that will enable researchers to perform quantitative, high-throughput, high-resolution protein biomarker assays. The solution couples the specificity of immunoenrichment with the sensitivity and quantitative capability of mass spectrometry to provide researchers with a more complete, higher-resolution view of the proteome. Initially, via an exclusive reseller agreement, the solution will be applied to the detection of human parathyroid hormone (PTH) and its variants, which may be useful as biomarkers for bone diseases and diseases of the endocrine system.

Roche Obtains Co-Exclusive License to Develop PCR Assays Detecting Mutations in the PI3K Oncogene

Roche announced today that the company has obtained a worldwide co-exclusive license for the biomarker PI3K (phosphoinositide 3-kinase) from QIAGEN to develop real-time and endpoint PCR diagnostic assays. Johns Hopkins University owns the patent for the PI3K biomarker and has previously granted an exclusive license to QIAGEN’s wholly owned subsidiary DxS, now QIAGEN Manchester. Financial details were not disclosed.