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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

etuzumab, which is currently being tested in several clinical trials against different types of cancers, including non-small cell lung adenocarcinoma and ovarian carcinoma.  Studies have found expression levels to be variable between different cancer types. In light of this variability, a diagnostic assay that can identify patients with FRA-positive cancers may enable better diagnosis and treatment of patients affected with FRA-expressing cancers.

"We are excited to enter into these agreements with Fox Chase for a number of reasons: They are a local organization based in Philadelphia, one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States and a designated National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Fox Chase is a highly reputable organization with a well organized biorepository containing a bank of well-annotated samples from a variety of cancer  types and the appropriate procedures and people in place to allow prospective studies and data management to take place," stated Dan O'Shannessy, PhD, Director Diagnostic Development at Morphotek.  "We believe that with today's technology, the success or failure of a companion diagnostics program is governed by the quality of samples available for analysis.  The initiation of this project will be a significant step forward for our therapeutic development programs.  Furthermore, it supports our human health care (hhc) mission by better defining a patient's disease subtype to help design more appropriate therapeutic regimens."

"Fox Chase is enthusiastic about collaborating with Morphotek to advance diagnostic applications in the growing field of personalized medicine for oncology therapies," says Kurt A. Schwinghammer, Ph.D., Vice President of Research and Development Alliances at Fox Chase Cancer Center. "We wholeheartedly support Morphotek's initiative to develop diagnostic assays to help determine which patients will best respond to t
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