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Life Technologies Consortium to Create New Frontline Diagnostic Utilising DNA Sequencing for Cancer Patients in the U.K.
Date:6/22/2011

PAISLEY, U.K., June 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Life Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: LIFE) today announced that the company has led a successful consortium bid for a Technology Strategy Board grant, in partnership with the Oxford NIHR Biomedical Research Centre, AstraZeneca, and Ortho Biotech Oncology Research & Development unit of Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, L.L.C. (ORD). The grant will fund development of a commercial multi-gene next generation sequencing test that will provide comprehensive molecular profiles of tumours in order to identify therapy options. Development of this test will improve the consistency and elevate the standards of cancer care as well as stimulate UK economic growth and job creation.  

"Cancer patients are fighting a progressive disease, and they need answers fast.  Incomplete or incorrect diagnostic information can lead them down unproductive therapy paths," said Sir John Bell, Regius Professor of Medicine at University of Oxford. "New DNA sequencing technology can improve the speed and accuracy of cancer care decision making. This consortium will help pave the way."

New panels expected to have broad global impact on cancer care and bring economic benefit to Great Britain

The programme is expected to have significant economic benefit on several levels. Using novel next generation sequencing (NGS) and informatics, the genomic test will be commercially available to a global market, and the UK will share in the economic proceeds. Genomic testing infrastructure, including next gen sequencing, will attract additional pharmaceutical clinical trial investment in the UK, a major source of international investment.  Pharma companies AstraZeneca and ORD are supporting the programme because they recognise its potential for efficient cli
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