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Diaceutics and London Genetics Partner to Accelerate Biomarker Development in the Global Biopharmaceutical Industry

Diaceutics Limited (http://www.diaceutics.com) and London Genetics Limited, an expert in the use of pharmacogenetics in clinical drug discovery and development, today announce a strategic partnership to develop software decision tools that will provide biopharmaceutical companies with rapid and extensive access to the world’s leading academic biomarker research groups. The new tools will enable commercial biomarker research teams to comprehensively explore global biomarker resources to identify genes and gene sequences, as well as the researchers and clinicians relevant to their targeted therapy research.

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.

Improvement in Prediction of Blood Clots in Cancer Patients

For cancer patients, who have an increased risk of developing venous thromboembolism (VTE) due to a hyperactive blood coagulation system, there is now an enhanced risk model to predict their chance of developing blood clots, according to a recent study published today in Blood, the journal of the American Society of Hematology.

$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.

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.