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Cellgen Diagnostics and Genomic Testing Cooperative Partner to Establish a New Standard in Co-Development of Companion Diagnostics for Cancer Therapies

Thursday, April 04, 2019

Cellgen Diagnostics, a leading precision diagnostics company, and Genomic Testing Cooperative (GTC), a pioneer in molecular testing, today announced a strategic collaboration to help accelerate global development of companion tests for various oncology therapeutics. The collaboration, between GTC’s Next Generation Sequencing (NGS), artificial intelligence (AI) based biomarker discovery service and Cellgen’s integrated companion diagnostics platform will provide the pharmaceutical industry a seamless integration of biomarker discovery, validation and development of in vitro diagnostic companion assays (IVD).

Companion diagnostics (CDx) enables precision medicine by making sure the correct person is taking the correct therapies. The companies expect the first application of their collaboration will be in immuno-oncology (I-O).

“This collaboration integrates GTC’s extensive experience in biomarker identification and companion diagnostics development with Cellgen’s ground-breaking technology to bring unparalleled technical harmonization to the precision oncology industry,” said Lavance Northington, Founder and CEO of Cellgen Diagnostics. “Through this industry-leading partnership, we believe we can improve the pace and pathway of drug development by showcasing the transformative potential of immuno-oncology therapies to patients around the world with an offering that will be unmatched in the industry.”

Cellgen will provide a fully automated companion diagnostic platform that can be leveraged across multiple drug pipelines. Cellgen Immune Panel assays will allow pharma groups in R&D to use a standard approach to patient stratification and therapeutic response monitoring during clinical trials and into the clinic. Genomics Testing Cooperative combines next generation sequencing, machine learning and deep-learning to comprehensively profile the tumor microenvironment and create unique patient phenotypic profiles. Synergies between both companies will enable biopharmaceutical companies to make more informed decisions regarding their immuno-oncology pipelines.

“Genomic Testing Cooperative was established as a diagnostic company focused on innovation and democratizing the advances in medical diagnostics through a co-op business model,” said Dr. Maher Albitar, founder and CEO of GTC. “Cellgen will provide an amplification-free platform for measuring RNA and testing DNA abnormalities in under 2 hours. We believe this collective approach will be paradigm-shifting for our pharmaceutical partners because it will reduce the cost and timeframe of pivotal clinical trials by guaranteeing better patient classification throughout the drug development process.”

The collaboration will initially focus on next generation sequencing applications in early-stage clinical programs to allow researchers comprehensive information from a single sample for molecular classification. Terms of the agreement have not been disclosed.

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