COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., April 8, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- HemoGenix(R), Inc., a privately-held contract research and assay development company, reported that the USPTO has issued the first two of several patent applications for the company's HALO(R) technology. HALO(R) is the 21st century answer and the only alternative to, and replacement for, the traditional colony-forming cell (CFC) assay, first described in 1966.
HALO(R) was developed and validated by HemoGenix(R) with the help of a SBIR Phase I and II grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Development began in January 2001. The HALO(R) Platform for in vitro hemotoxicity testing of new drug candidates being developed by biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies was launched at the Society of Toxicology meeting in March 2001. Since that time, HemoGenix(R) has developed 3 versions of its HALO(R) Platform, each designed for specific applications.
The HALO(R) Research Platform is for basic research scientists in academia and other research institutions. The HALO(R) Stem and Progenitor Cell -- Quality Control (SPC-QC) and HALO(R)-96 PQR (Potency, Quality Release) Platforms were designed for stem cell transplantation and cord blood bank processing laboratories to address the requirement for "appropriate" and "validated" assays for umbilical cord blood stem cell products prior to transplantation into patients. Finally, the HALO(R) Predictive Hemotoxicity Platform was designed for all stages of drug development from early high-throughput screening to pre-clinical studies and patient monitoring during clinical trials. The HALO(R) Hemotoxicity Platform provides easy to use, robust, reliable and validated predictive tools to detect potential toxic side effects to stem cells of the blood-forming (hematopoietic) system for drug development and environmental agent testing.
All HALO(R) platforms rely on highly sensitive and fully standardized,
instrument-based, ATP bioluminescence technology.
|SOURCE HemoGenix(R), Inc.|
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