First microRNA-based Diagnostic Tests are Expected to be Launched in 2008
and Will Incorporate Nanogen's MGB Probe Technology Rosetta Genomics Will use the Licensed Technology in its Custom Designed Real-Time PCR Diagnostic Assays That Allow for Sensitive Detection and
Quantification of microRNA in Tissues and Body Fluids
REHOVOT, Israel; NORTH BRUNSWICK, New Jersey, December 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Rosetta Genomics, Ltd. (NASDQ: ROSG) announced today it has selected the technological platform for its line of microRNA-based diagnostic products, the first of which are expected to launch in 2008. The company has licensed the MGB Probe technology from Nanogen, Inc. (NASDAQ: NGEN). The licensing deal will allow Rosetta Genomics to combine the technical performance advantages of Nanogen's MGB Probe technology with the Company's own proprietary microRNA biomarkers to create a line of quantitative real-time PCR diagnostic tests.
Leveraging microRNAs' strong tissue specificity and involvement in the regulation of a large number of human genes, Rosetta Genomics has identified specific microRNA signatures that it believes will allow for accurate diagnosis of various cancers.
The Company expects the following three tests to launch in 2008:
- Differentiating squamous from non squamous lung cancer - As current targeted therapy for lung cancer can cause hemorrhaging in squamous cell lung cancer patients, differentiating between the cancer types is critical. Rosetta Genomics has identified several microRNA biomarkers that may allow for sensitive and specific identification of squamous cell carcinoma.
- Differentiating mesothelioma from lung adenocarcinoma - Rosetta Genomics has identified a panel of microRNA biomarkers potentially allowing for differentiation between these cancer types.
Cancer of Unknown Primary (CUP) - This test is designed to assist clinicians to accurately identify the origin of metastases. In 3%-5% of all cancer patients, clinicians cannot identify the origin of a patients' tumor. This information is crucial for determining treatment type. Rosetta Genomics has developed a panel of microRNA biomarkers potentially able to identify approximately thirty cancers
"Our proprietary microRNA detection and quantitation technologies are at the heart of our sensitive diagnostic products," noted Amir Avniel, President and CEO of Rosetta Genomics." Using very small amounts of tissue samples or body fluids, we are able to detect microRNAs on the order of single molecules, as well as differentiate microRNAs with only a single nucleotide mismatch. We look forward to the launch of our first diagnostic products in 2008."
About Rosetta Genomics
Rosetta Genomics (Nasdaq: ROSG) is a leader in the development of microRNA-based diagnostics and therapeutics. Founded in 2000, the company's integrative research platform combining bioinformatics and state-of-the-art laboratory processes has led to the discovery of hundreds of biologically validated novel human microRNAs. Building on its strong IP position and strategic alliances with leading biotechnology companies, Rosetta Genomics is working to develop a full range of diagnostic and therapeutic products based on microRNAs.
The company's primary focus is in the development of microRNA-based products to diagnose and treat different forms of cancer.
Forward-Looking Statement Disclaimer
Various statements in this release concerning Rosetta's future
expectations, plans and prospects, including without limitation, statements
relating to the role of microRNAs in human physiology and disease, the
potential of microRNAs in the diagnosis and treatment of disease, and the
timing of launch of Rosetta's first diagnostic products constitute
forward-looking statements for the purposes of the safe harbor provisions
under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results
may differ materially from those indicated by these forward-looking
statements as a result of various important factors, including risks
related to: Rosetta's approach to discover and develop novel diagnostics
and therapeutic products, which is unproven and may never lead to
marketable products; Rosetta's ability to fund and the results of further
pre-clinical and clinical trials; Rosetta's ability to obtain, maintain and
protect the intellectual property utilized by Rosetta's products; Rosetta's
ability to enforce its patents against infringers and to defend its patent
portfolio against challenges from third parties; Rosetta's ability to
obtain additional funding to support its business activities; Rosetta's
dependence on third parties for development, manufacture, marketing, sales,
and distribution of products; Rosetta's ability to successfully develop its
product candidates, all of which are in early stages of development;
Rosetta's ability to obtain regulatory approval for products; competition
from others using technology similar to Rosetta's and others developing
products for similar uses; Rosetta's dependence on collaborators; and
Rosetta's short operating history; as well as those risks more fully
discussed in the "Risk Factors" section of Rosetta's Annual Report on Form
20-F for the year ended December 31, 2006 as filed with the Securities and
Exchange Commission. In addition, any forward-looking statements represent
Rosetta's views only as of the date of this release and should not be
relied upon as representing its views as of any subsequent date. Rosetta
does not assume any obligation to update any forward-looking statements
unless required by law.
|SOURCE Rosetta Genomics Ltd|
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