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ProxiScan Completes First Animal Tests

The first animal studies made using a 2009 R&D 100 Award-winning technology were recently performed at Molecular Insight Pharmaceuticals (MIP) in Cambridge, Mass. A new small molecule drug, Trofex, was successfully tested for its effectiveness as a biomarker for the detection of prostate cancer.

Ariana Pharma Collaborates with the FDA to Facilitate Signature Validation for the Development of Biomarkers

Ariana Pharma, a leader in decision support tools and services to accelerate the development and optimal use of drugs and biomarker discovery, announces today that it has started a collaboration with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Ariana Pharma is providing its KEM® Biomarker technology to help enable FDA reviewers to analyze pharmacogenomic data combined with patient characteristics for biomarker signatures submitted through the FDA’s Voluntary Exploratory Data Submission (VXDS) program. This collaboration directly relates to the FDA’s desire to develop better tools for the analysis of genomic data in the context of the development of personalized medicine.

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Partners with Orasi Medical

Orasi Medical, today announced that it has entered an agreement with Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation (Novartis) to develop a novel central nervous system (CNS) biomarker.

$9.1 Million Grant To Improve Drug Therapy Using Gene Profiles

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences has awarded a $9.1 million, five-year grant to The Ohio State University for a study titled “Expression Genetics in Drug Therapy.” The goal of the research is to enhance drug response rates and reduce the number of adverse drug reactions among patients taking medication.

Immunogenicity Testing Proves Invaluable

Immunogenicity is a measure of the immune response to a biotherapeutic drug. It is a very relevant issue affecting not only the use of therapeutic protein drugs such as mAbs but also peptides, enzymes, cytokines, growth factors, recombinant proteins, and other biological products.