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Biomarkers in Demand but CROs Cautious, Study

Demand for biomarker analysis is strong, but the pace of technological change is causing an investment headache for CROs according to a new report by Industry Standard Research (ISR). The research, “The State of Biomarkers in Drug Development,” examined the attitudes of 37 top pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies with regard to the use of biomarkers in clinical development.

New Research Profiles the State of Biomarkers in Product Development

Industry Standard Research (ISR) today announced the release of The State of Biomarkers in Drug Development report. 44 pharmaceutical and biotechnology professionals provided their strategies, insights, and predictions in this snapshot of a rapidly evolving market. In total, 37 significant pharma and biotech companies contributed to this endeavor.

Aeterna Zentaris Announces Collaboration with Almac to Develop Therapy and Companion Diagnostic in Cancer

Aeterna Zentaris Inc., a late-stage drug development company specialized in oncology and endocrine therapy, today announced a collaborative study with Almac’s Diagnostics division for the Company’s doxorubicin luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH) targeted conjugate compound, AEZS-108, aimed at determining LHRH receptor expression through the development of a companion diagnostic tool. Selection for treatment with AEZS-108 is determined on the basis of LHRH receptor expression, currently measured immunohistochemically. In humans, LHRH receptors are expressed in ovarian, endometrial, breast, bladder, prostate and pancreatic tumors. AEZS-108 is currently in Phase 2 trials for advanced LHRH receptor positive ovarian and endometrial cancer.

TGen partner, PBS-Bio, makes first breakthrough drug analysis

Predictive Biomarker Sciences Inc. (PBS-Bio) has completed its first drug analysis, enabling Canadian biotech company PharmaGap Inc. to significantly advance a potentially significant anti-cancer medication.

Covance Establishes New Discovery & Translational Services Group

Covance announced today that it has created a new Discovery & Translational Services group, which will integrate its discovery services, antibody products and immunology services, Biomarker Center of Excellence, and Genomics Laboratory. Leveraging its minority equity stake in Caprion Proteomics, Inc. and alliance with Rules-Based Medicine, Inc., Covance’s Discovery & Translational Services group will offer clients a depth and breadth of drug discovery and biomarker services that is unmatched in the CRO industry.