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Geisinger Partners With Indivumed for Personalized Medicine Initiative
Date:5/10/2013

DANVILLE, Pennsylvania, May 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Geisinger Health System announced plans to partner with Indivumed, a leading provider of services enabling individualized cancer therapy, a relationship that will afford Geisinger patients access to advanced cancer treatment and clinical trials.

"Our driving mission for nearly 100 years comes from a simple mandate, 'Make it the best,'" said Glenn D. Steele Jr. , M.D., Ph.D., president and chief executive officer at Geisinger Health System. "This exciting initiative with Indivumed, a company recognized the world over as a leader in the field of biobanking and translational research, will give Geisinger patients access to the most advanced cancer therapeutics in the country, right here in central and northeastern Pennsylvania."

The collaboration will allow Indivumed staff to collect tissue, blood and urine from consenting Geisinger patients who are already undergoing a surgical tumor resection. Upon resection, a portion of the tissue, blood or urine remaining beyond what is required to make a clinical diagnosis will be banked by Geisinger through MyCode™, a repository that currently holds 43,000 patient samples. Another portion will be banked by Indivumed, which will analyze the tissue to determine its molecular and biochemical profile. That information will be used in the development and, eventually, application of targeted therapies for cancer patients.

"A comprehensive analysis of patient's individual cancers including DNA sequencing, determination of protein expression and activity of therapy relevant cancer pathways is the foundation of personalized cancer treatment," said Hartmut Juhl , M.D., chief executive officer of Indivumed. "Understanding that the donation of tissue is a deeply personal one, our work is conducted under stringent quality standards and with gr
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