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Gentris Corporation Launches New Pharmacogenomics Services
Date:7/12/2012

MORRISVILLE, N.C., July 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Gentris Corporation (www.gentris.com), a global leader in pharmacogenomics and biorepository services, announced today that it has expanded its genomic biomarker services by incorporating multiple technology platforms into its 24,000 sq. ft., CLIA-certified, GLP-compliant laboratory. Gentris has integrated the Affymetrix GCS3000, Sequenom MassArray, and LifeTech Ion Torrent technologies in a continued effort to identify polymorphisms involved in drug response and adverse drug events as well as in determining somatic mutations in cancer.  

Gentris has utilized Affymetrix DMET™ Plus analysis in a number of clinical studies, including oncology clinical trials. DMET™ Plus analysis allows drug developers to understand how variations in drug metabolism enzymes and drug transporters between patients affects adverse drug responses and treatment efficacy. This type of analysis has been implemented by major pharmaceutical companies in Phase I through Phase III clinical trials focused on numerous therapeutic areas.  Most recently, Gentris collaborated with Dr. Howard McLeod of UNC-Chapel Hill to assess the risk of sensory neuropathy in breast cancer patients with genetic variations in drug metabolizing enzymes.

With the integration of Sequenom's MassArray, Gentris is able to design customizable, multiplex panels of genes for use in clinical trials.  The Company has already designed a custom panel for a top ten pharmaceutical company.  In addition, Gentris offers the iPLEX ADME PGx panel, which examines 192 of the most common variants in 36 ADME genes; the OncoCarta Panel v1.0, which is a comprehensive screen of 19 oncogenes and 238 mutations; and the Sequenom Sample ID Plus panel, which ensures that chain of custody is maintained and that there is amplifiable DNA in the sample.

The latest platform to be brought online is LifeTech
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