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TGen and George Mason University announce precision medicine alliance to benefit patients
Date:5/6/2014

forces, researchers can understand disease at a more refined level and more people can be helped. This is the level of research that all universities and companies strive to achieve."

Both institutions embrace translational medicine moving new laboratory discoveries as quickly as possible into new treatments for patients. Both institutions pursue precision medicine recommending the best medication based on each patient's molecular profile.

The alliance extends both Mason's and TGen's footholds to the other sides of the nation, expanding each other's network of collaborators and clinical trials, and advancing new treatments to the public.

Using genomics to sort out genetic changes that lead to disease, TGen has conducted extensive clinical trials that have led to new treatments approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Using that model, Mason has the opportunity to use proteomics to develop new FDA approved treatments, including finding new uses for already approved FDA drugs.

By integrating genomics and proteomics, the alliance will initially focus on discoveries in four specific areas of research:

  • New treatments for patients with breast cancer or melanoma.
  • Treatments for patients with breast cancer that has spread to the bone and brain.
  • Biomarkers that can help diagnose traumatic injuries, such as brain concussions.
  • Developing a better understanding of infectious diseases and the human immune system, leading to new vaccines.

Through the alliance, Mason and TGen will have the opportunity to develop new discoveries, benefitting patients through new technologies. Mason students will have opportunities to intern at TGen. And the partners hope the alliance will have significant economic impact, creating jobs and new commercial businesses both in Arizona and Virginia.

The alliance will be celebrated at an event Friday, May 9, in the Mason Inn, Junior Ballr
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Contact: Steve Yozwiak
syozwiak@tgen.org
602-343-8704
The Translational Genomics Research Institute
Source:Eurekalert

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