Navigation Links
OvaGene Oncology Collaborates With Moffitt Cancer Center to Develop and Commercialize microRNAs Associated With Chemotherapeutic Drug Response
Date:12/5/2011

IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- OvaGene Oncology Inc., a molecular diagnostics company specializing in the development and commercialization of personalized gene-based diagnostics for gynecologic cancer, announced today that it has completed a major Licensing and Collaboration Agreement with The Moffitt Cancer Center, the only National Cancer Institute (NCI) Comprehensive Cancer Center in Florida.  The agreement provides OvaGene with exclusive worldwide rights to develop and commercialize proprietary microRNA-based assays that predict drug response for currently used cancer treating drugs. The proprietary assays were developed and validated at the Moffitt Cancer Center under the leadership of Dr. Johnathan Lancaster, a world renowned scientist and clinician specializing in Women's Cancers.

"Ovarian cancer is a deadly disease. If we are to improve outcome for patients, it is essential that we develop tools to support biologically-informed clinical decision-making" said Johnathan Lancaster, MD, PhD, Director of Center for Women's Oncology at the Moffitt Cancer Center.  "As such, we are excited about our new partnership with OvaGene. It will enable us to accelerate our microRNA laboratory findings towards the clinic, as personalized medicine tools that may benefit patients in the near-term."

"We are delighted to partner with a molecular diagnostics company dedicated to taking important technologies from the bench to the bedside," said Haskell Adler PhD MBA, Senior Licensing Manager at the Moffitt Cancer Center.  "Because of the shared vision between our two organizations, we are optimistic this is the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship involving a number of technologies developed here at Moffitt."

The technology, licensed from The Moffitt Cancer Center, includes proprietary microRNA-based biomarkers that can be used to predict response to chemotherapy in a variety of tumor types. Initially, OvaGene intends to develop a specific microRNA-based profile to predict drug response in advanced ovarian cancer.   Following the development of the ovarian cancer assay, OvaGene will focus on creating additional assays for drug response in a variety of gynecologic cancers and pursue strategic partnerships to develop similar profiles in other tumor types.  Developmental studies, CLIA lab validation, and subsequent commercialization are expected to occur over the next eighteen to twenty-four months.

"We are looking forward to developing and commercializing the very first cancer microRNA diagnostic assay related to drug response," said William Ricketts, PhD, OvaGene Chief Scientific Officer. "We are at the forefront of molecular diagnostic development for gynecologic cancers and we are excited about the innovative and clinically useful microRNA drug response panels we will be bringing to market"

Neil Finkler, MD, OvaGene Chief Medical Officer, commented "The microRNA panel will provide gynecologic oncologists with a useful tool to help decide between a variety of chemotherapeutic options based on epigenetic information obtained from the patient's tumor.  With an excellent partner in the Moffitt Cancer Center, we can rapidly validate the assays and begin helping patients quickly. "

About Moffitt Cancer Center

Located in Tampa, Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center is an NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center - a designation that recognizes Moffitt's excellence in research and contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control.  Moffitt currently has 14 affiliates in Florida, one in Georgia, one in Pennsylvania and two in Puerto Rico. Additionally, Moffitt is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a prestigious alliance of the country's leading cancer centers, and is listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of "America's Best Hospitals" for cancer.  Moffitt marks a very important anniversary this year – 25 years committed to one mission: to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.

About OvaGene Oncology

OvaGene Oncology is an advanced molecular diagnostics company, located in Orange County California, dedicated to improving cancer care and outcomes for gynecologic cancer patients through the development of novel gene-based assays.  The company plans to offer proprietary and non-proprietary molecular diagnostic assays to assist physicians in the prognosis of gynecologic cancers as well as therapy selection, including radiation and chemotherapy.  There are over 11,000 cases of cervical cancer, 25,000 cases of ovarian cancer and 42,000 cases of endometrial cancer diagnosed each year in the United States.  The total market for OvaGene's genomic assays is over 80,000 gynecologic cancer cases diagnosed annually. Please visit our website at www.ovagene.com for more information.


'/>"/>
SOURCE OvaGene Oncology Inc.
Copyright©2010 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related biology technology :

1. OvaGene Oncology Licenses Gene-Based Technologies to Develop Novel Endometrial and Cervical Cancer Assays
2. US Oncology Appoints Stephen Smith Vice President/General Manager Research and Personalized Science Services
3. MD Anderson Becomes a GeneGo Center of Excellence Using MetaCore for Oncology Research
4. US Oncology Pharmaceutical Distribution Service Wins National Safety Council Award
5. Expression Genetics EGEN-001 Named One of 10 Most Promising Oncology Products by Windhover
6. OncologySTAT Advisors Name Years Top Developments in Cancer Treatment and Research
7. First Coast Oncology to Offer Next Generation Proton Therapy
8. Radiation Therapy Oncology Group and US Oncology Enter Collaboration to Increase Patient Access to National Clinical Trials
9. Onyx Pharmaceuticals Licenses Rights to Novel Targeted Oncology Agent From BTG International
10. Debiopharm and Aurigene Sign Licensing Agreement for the Development and Commercialisation of Debio 0617, a Novel Inhibitor of an Undisclosed Oncology Pathway
11. Varian Medical Systems Introducing OncoView(TM) - an Oncology Specific Image Management and Storage Solution
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/5/2016)... Bermuda , Dec. 5, 2016 Axovant ... clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the treatment of dementia, ... intepirdine for the treatment of Alzheimer,s disease will be ... (CTAD) Meeting on Friday, December 9, 2016 in ... will show results of both simple and complex measures ...
(Date:12/5/2016)... COLORADO (PRWEB) , ... December 05, 2016 , ... ... series hosted by one of the nation’s premier cannabis technology and application experts, ... founder and CEO of Cultivate Colorado. Over the past 30 years, Chip Baker ...
(Date:12/5/2016)... SAN DIEGO , Dec. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ ... treatments for congestive heart failure and other chronic ... is joining the company as Chief Financial Officer ... Renova Therapeutics with 20 years of experience in ... closely held biotech and software companies. Most recently, ...
(Date:12/5/2016)... , Dec. 5, 2016  Eisai Inc. ... open-label two-year study of rufinamide, which were presented ... Epilepsy Society (AES) held from December 2-6 in ... final two-year safety, tolerability and cognitive data showed ... experienced similar safety and tolerability profiles, cognitive development ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
(Date:11/14/2016)... SARASOTA, Fla., Nov. 14, 2016  xG Technology, Inc. ... in providing critical wireless communications for use in challenging ... ended September 30, 2016. Management will hold a conference ... at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (details below). ... announced a $16 million binding agreement to acquire Vislink ...
(Date:6/27/2016)... June 27, 2016 Research and Markets has ... 2016-2020" report to their offering. ... America to grow at a CAGR of 12.28% during ... based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. ... the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the ...
(Date:6/22/2016)... June 22, 2016   Acuant , ... verification solutions, has partnered with RightCrowd ® ... for Visitor Management, Self-Service Kiosks and Continuous ... that add functional enhancements to existing physical ... and venues with an automated ID verification ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):