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Fox Chase Cancer Center signs agreement with Life Technologies Corp.
Date:6/13/2011

PHILADELPHIA (June 14, 2011) Fox Chase Cancer Center, one of the nation's leading cancer research and treatment institutions, today announced it has entered into an agreement with Life Technologies Corporation that will underpin a new program to provide next-generation sequencing analysis of solid tumors. The agreement is a foundational element in the planned Cancer Genome Institute at Fox Chase, a facility that will foster new discoveries and treatments and establish the institution as a leader in developing personalized medicine strategies for cancer care.

"With this agreement, we are taking the next major step in delivering on the promise of personalized medicine for all cancer patients," said Michael V. Seiden, M.D., Ph.D., president and CEO of Fox Chase Cancer Center. "By coupling Life Technologies' leading-edge sequencing instruments with Fox Chase's broad scientific and clinical expertise, we expect to be among the leaders in advancing toward this goal."

"Efforts linking the latest genome technologies to the needs of individual patients exemplify the leadership role that Fox Chase Cancer Center plays in the search for a cancer cure," said Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter. "Through institutions like Fox Chase, Philadelphia continues to build upon an international reputation not only as center for innovative science, but also excellence in patient care."

The Institute's focal initiative, expected to begin in late fall 2011, will be the launch of a discovery project using selected tumors, followed by an innovative clinical service to be made available to participants from throughout the United States. In this second phase, it is expected that by using Life Technologies' genomic sequencing technology, investigators will analyze a patient's tumor genome to provide his or her oncologists with additional information that can be used to guide treatment or steer the patient into appropriate new drug trials.

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Contact: Kristin Hummel
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Fox Chase Cancer Center
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