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Amarantus Biosciences and Banyan Biomarkers Announce Traumatic Brain Injury Research Collaboration

Amarantus BioSciences, Inc., a biotechnology company developing MANF, a first-in-class disease–modifying therapeutic protein and Banyan Biomarkers, the leader in developing in vitro diagnostic products to detect traumatic brain injury (TBI), today announced a collaboration agreement to evaluate MANF’s potential as a disease-modifying agent for the treatment of TBI.

NextGen Sciences Agrees on a Deal with University of Nebraska Medical Center to Discover CSF Biomarkers of Cognitive Abnormality from Chronically Infected HIV Patients

NextGen Group plc is pleased to announce that its US-subsidiary NextGen Sciences Inc, has been contracted by investigators at the NIMH-funded Chronic HIV Infection and Aging in NeuroAIDS (CHAIN) Center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) to utilize their innovative and sensitive csfdiscovery43 assay to examine biomarkers in CSF (cerebrospinal fluid) associated with neuroAIDS. The csfdiscovery43 assay simultaneously measures 43 human CSF proteins that are thought to have potential as biomarkers in CNS (central nervous system) diseases. The goal of this project is to link the patterns of expression of these biomarkers in the CSF to cognitive abnormalities in chronically infected HIV patients.

NIH-Funded Researchers Assess Traumatic Brain Injury Biomarkers for Diagnosis and Treatment

Biomarkers in the bloodstream could provide physicians with a quick and accurate method of assessing the severity of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and helping deliver and monitor the results of therapies, such as progesterone treatment.

Banyan Biomarkers, Emory University to Analyze Biomarkers in Traumatic Brain Injury

Banyan Biomarkers, Inc. will partner with Emory University through a grant from the National Institutes of Health to measure biomarkers in the blood of traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients. The five-year grant of $2.2 million was awarded to Michael Frankel, MD, Professor of Neurology at Emory School of Medicine, with partners Banyan Biomarkers, Inc., the Medical University of South Carolina, the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Michigan. The research team will study biomarkers in the blood of TBI patients enrolled in the phase III clinical trial, ProTECT III (Progesterone for Traumatic Brain Injury, Experimental Clinical Treatment), which is assessing the efficacy of progesterone in the treatment of TBI.

NextGen Sciences Launches Multiple Protein Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) CNS Disease Biomarker Assay

NextGen Group plc is pleased to announce that its US-subsidiary NextGen Sciences Inc, a leader in biomarker discovery, measurement and qualification, has launched its first cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) multiple protein (multiplex) assay, csfdiscovery43, for central nervous system (CNS) biomarker discovery and qualification. The assay simultaneously measures 43 human CSF proteins that are thought to have potential as biomarkers in CNS diseases, particularly Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis and ALS diseases. The launch of csfdiscovery43 is the next step in NextGen Sciences strategy of becoming a leading player in the growing CNS and oncology biomarker markets.