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Circulating Tumor Cells Can Provide ‘Real-time’ Information on Patient’s Current Disease State

Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) may be a promising alternative, noninvasive source of tumor materials for biomarker assessment, according to data presented at the Fourth AACR International Conference on Molecular Diagnostics in Cancer Therapeutic 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.

Biomarkers Changing Clinical Medicine

The pace of biomarker development is accelerating as investigators report new studies on cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer disease, and other conditions in which the evaluation and isolation of workable markers is prominently featured. CHI’s “ADAPT” meeting, to be held later this month, will profile various new strategies being developed by both the academic and private sectors.

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.

AVEO Pharmaceuticals Granted Patents for Diagnostic Tests to Identify Patient Populations Likely to Respond to Tivozanib Treatment

AVEO Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVEO), a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing cancer therapeutics, today announced the issuance of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,615,353, which issued in November 2009, and 7,736,861, which issued yesterday. These patents cover two different diagnostic tests for identifying human patients likely to respond to treatment with tivozanib, AVEO’s highly potent and selective inhibitor of VEGF receptors 1, 2 and 3, which is currently being evaluated in a global Phase 3 clinical trial, TIVO-1, in patients with renal cell cancer (RCC).