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ChanTest to Highlight Expanded Ion Channel and GPCR Services and Cell Lines, Including FDA Critical Path Safety Profiling Tools at ToxExpo, Booth 3056
Date:3/10/2009

- Company to host seminar Tuesday, March 17, 2009, from 8:30 to 9:30 AM in Room 337

CLEVELAND, Ohio, March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- ChanTest, the leading expert in ion channels and GPCRs (G-protein coupled receptors) - key to drug discovery, development, and safety - will feature the latest in its expanding line of services and reagents at booth 3056 at the Society of Toxicology conference March 15-19, in Baltimore, Maryland. ChanTest's growing catalog, comprising 86 ion channel and 48 GPCR cell lines, can be arranged into panels for preclinical testing, consistent with the FDA and ICH S7A safety guidance, to assess a drug's risk for unintended cardiac (ICH S7B) and CNS (ICH S7A) effects. ChanTest also offers channel panels and high-throughput screening to assess the efficacy and safety of compounds as therapeutic targets for a number of diseases and disorders including cancer, cardiovascular, metabolic/gastrointestinal, pain/inflammation, psychiatric disorder, pulmonary/respiratory, and seizure/convulsion. ChanTest has validated these panels against the "gold standard" manual patch clamp assay to ensure that results from early screens will correlate with GLP study results that are required for IND submission.

For customers that prefer to do their own testing in house, ChanTest offers its catalog of validated ion channel and GPCR replicating cell lines for sale as reagents. Thirty-six division-arrested GPCR cell lines (EZCells (TM)) are also available.

"ChanTest is well known as the leader in preclinical cardiac safety testing. We were the first to prove hERG as the target for adverse cardiac events linked to Seldane (terfenadine), Propulsid (cisapride), and Nizoral (ketoconazole), and the pioneer in functional, cell-based ion channel testing to predict cardiac side effects produced by non-cardiac drugs," said ChanTest Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Arthur (Buzz) Brown, M.D., Ph.D. "As the knowledge base has exp
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