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Exiqon Forms Research Collaboration With M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
Date:5/27/2008

Summary: Exiqon A/S Today Announces That it has Entered Into a

Collaborative Research Agreement With The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center to Develop microRNA Based Biomarkers for Breast

Cancer

VEDBAEK, Denmark, May 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Exiqon A/S, a leading supplier of high-value gene expression analysis products, today announces that it has signed a collaborative research agreement with the Kleberg Center for Molecular Markers at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center to discover microRNA based biomarkers for breast cancer.

Under this agreement, Exiqon will use its miRCURY(TM) LNA(TM) products to discover microRNA biomarkers.

Specifically, the project focuses on identifying miRNA expression signatures associated with relapse and progression of breast cancer, and to develop and validate diagnostic tools that will guide patient management.

"This collaboration is another important step for Exiqon on our path to develop microRNA based cancer diagnostics. M. D. Anderson is one of the leading cancer centers in the world, and through this collaboration we bring exceptional clinical expertise and strong gene expression technology together to develop next generation molecular diagnostics," said Lars Kongsbak, president and CEO of Exiqon. "This agreement with the M. D. Anderson will enable us to develop diagnostic products based on our LNA(TM) technology to support major advances in cancer research and cancer diagnostics."

"This collaboration with Exiqon to develop microRNA biomarkers is a part of our efforts to achieve the goal of the change of patient treatment. This collaboration is part of our 'Systems' approach to unify, DNA, RNA and protein approaches in understanding and developing molecular markers for treatment changes and our effort in developing microRNA based molecular marker panels with different industry leaders in the microRNA field,
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