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Oncology Metrics and Cureline Announce Joint Marketing Agreement
Date:1/9/2008

Access to high quality, fully annotated serum, tissue and blood samples are

available for Genomic and Proteomic Research

DALLAS-FORT WORTH, Texas, Jan. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Oncology Metrics, a business that develops products and services to help accelerate advancements in the treatment of cancer, and Cureline Inc., a global biosample management company dedicated to innovation in human tissue research, have reached an agreement to collaborate on oncology biospecimen procurement and management. The goal of this collaboration is to facilitate the collection and preservation of high quality pre-treatment and post-treatment samples with maximum efficiency.

Human specimens are used extensively in drug discovery and development for characterization of mutations and expression profiles that define severe diseases such as cancer, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes and other conditions, and that could be used for developing personalized therapeutics, vaccines and diagnostics. One of the limiting steps in the research and development process is getting access to well-preserved clinically defined samples from patients with detailed and accurate health records. The collaboration between Oncology Metrics' sample procurement network Cure Pace and Cureline will improve the access of industrial and academic researchers to high quality biospecimens.

Olga Potapova, Ph.D., Founder and CEO of Cureline, views the collaboration as "a unique opportunity to provide to academia and the industry cancer biospecimens collected from diverse ethnic background populations through Cureline's clinical network in Eastern Europe and Asia and through the Oncology Metrics' clinical network in the USA."

Commenting on the collaboration, Warren Dodge, President and CEO of Oncology Metrics said "by leveraging the scientific expertise and access to tissue and our domestic access to serum and fresh whole blood, we become a much better resource for the scientists looking to advance the treatment of cancer."

About Oncology Metrics

Oncology Metrics is a service and data business for the oncology community that develops products and services to help accelerate advancements in the treatment of cancer. Oncology Metrics has built three distinct networks of community-based oncology centers from which it gathers financial and operation information (Oncology Circle), clinical information (Data Direct), and biological specimens (Cure Pace). It accesses and aggregates this information to provide a platform of knowledge-based products and services. The cornerstone of Oncology Metrics' approach is to promote the discovery and adoption of best practice. Oncology Metric's customers include oncology care providers and all organizations involved in the quest to improve cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Oncology Metrics knowledge-based products and services will help providers improve their financial and clinical performance, industry develop better products and services for oncology professionals, and patients receive more effective individualized care.

The Oncology Metrics team is comprised of business and medical professionals with decades of experience in healthcare. Oncology Metrics was founded in 2001 and is based in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas with an office in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Additional information about Oncology Metrics can be found at http://www.oncomet.com. Contact: Warren Dodge at 415-454-1338 or press@oncomet.com

About Cureline, Inc.

Cureline, Inc. is a global biosample management company providing effective solutions for scientifically challenging projects. The company was founded in 2003 by a group of scientists and business development professionals who established the biospecimen repository for SUGEN, Inc. and participated in the development of Sutent(R) (Pfizer Inc).

Cureline is dedicated to innovation in human tissue research and has developed multi-site international collaborations for obtaining, handling and processing of human specimens worldwide. Since its inception, the primary focus of Cureline has been oncology, including solid tumors and hematologic malignancies. Every year Cureline's procurement network expands to new therapeutic areas and new countries and now the Cureline's team conduct projects in inflammation, metabolic, neurological and cardiovascular diseases. Cureline is a preferred provider for biospecimens and custom tissue procurement services for VWR International LLC, a company dedicated to drug discovery and development services.

Additional information about Cureline, Inc. can be found at http://www.cureline.com. Contact: Mariana Tran, 1-650-952-6557 or mariana-tran@cureline.com.


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