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KINAXO Biotechnologies and Bayer Vital GmbH Collaborate in Phosphoproteomics Biomarker Identification
Date:10/15/2009

Martinsried, Leverkusen, Germany, October 15, 2009 / b3c newswire / - KINAXO Biotechnologies GmbH and Bayer Vital GmbH announced today that they will enter into collaboration. KINAXO will apply its quantitative phosphoproteomics technology PhosphoScout for the identification of novel biomarkers in a clinical trial conducted by Bayer Vital.

KINAXOs phosphoproteomics platform allows annotation and quantification of regulated phosphorylation sites. Since the majority of targeted compounds used as anti-cancer drugs influence cellular signal transduction pathways, analysis of phosphorylation patterns in relation to drug administration reveals a compounds molecular mode of action. Characteristic phosphorylation sites predicting response to treatment, resistance mechanism or synergistic effects can hereby be identified as biomarkers which allow for personalized treatment plans.

Accompanying a clinical trial for the multi-kinase inhibitor Nexavar in Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), KINAXO will apply its phosphoproteomics technology to reveal the drugs influence on cellular phosphorylation patterns and to search for novel predictive biomarkers. Nexavar is already approved for the treatment of hepatocellular (HCC) and renal cell carcinoma (RCC) and shows promising effects in several other indications, amongst them AML, the most common type of leukemia in adults. Despite considerable efforts over the last decades, therapeutic outcome in AML therapy has improved only modestly and remains dismal, with a high number of patients being non-responsive to standard treatment or recurrent. Application of KINAXOs phosphoproteomics technology could thus turn out to be a valuable tool to discover predictive biomarkers that foretell therapeutic outcome in patients. Furthermore, quantitative phosphoproteomics will be applied to investigate the molecular efficiency of potential combination therapies in which Nexavar will be administered together with other targeted drugs
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