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Pathwork Diagnostics Partners with Leading Pharmaceutical Company to Discover Molecular Diagnostics for Cancer

Pathwork Diagnostics Inc., a molecular diagnostics company focused on oncology, today announced that it has entered into a research collaboration with Novartis. The parties intend to discover clinically meaningful biomarker signatures that can serve as the basis for diagnostics across a range of cancer types. Under the terms of the agreement, both parties have rights to develop and commercialize the diagnostic products. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Biomarkers “Indispensible” in Cancer Drug Development, says Quintiles

CRO Quintiles says biomarkers give insight into cancer drug candidates’ efficacy earlier in the development process, reducing trial costs and duration.

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.

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.