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Morphotek Enters Into Agreements With Fox Chase Cancer Center to Acquire Clinical Samples for the Development and Validation of Companion Diagnostic Kits
Date:1/10/2012

EXTON, Pa., Jan. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Morphotek®, Inc., a subsidiary of Eisai Inc., announced today that it has entered into two agreements with Fox Chase Cancer Center ("Fox Chase") in Philadelphia, PA to acquire clinical samples essential for the development and validation of companion diagnostic assays.  These assays are intended for use in the identification of patients who will be suitable for treatment with targeted antibody therapeutics currently being developed by Morphotek. 

Morphotek will provide funding for prospective and archival sample collection programs at Fox Chase to obtain samples from patients who are newly diagnosed with cancer or are being treated for a broad variety of tumor types. The patient samples will be used in the development and characterization of companion diagnostic assays that are intended for use in the identification of patients who may potentially respond to treatment with Morphotek's therapeutic antibodies currently in clinical trials or for monitoring the patient's response to these targeted therapies. 

Elizabeth Somers, Associate Director of Diagnostics Development at Morphotek, stated, "One of the challenges associated with development and validation of clinically useful companion diagnostic assays is the availability of reliable, well-characterized blood and tissue samples from patients diagnosed with cancer and other related conditions.  The samples provided under these agreements will enable an assessment of the diagnostic assays under development and will be utilized in the assay validation process, which helps overcome one of the most difficult obstacles associated with assay development.
The projects have been initiated at Fox Chase and the sample collection is underway."

Samples received from Fox Chase are being used in the development of companion diagnostic assays for Folate Receptor Alpha (FRA), the target of Morphotek's lead therapeutic candidate, farl
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