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Siemens and LabCorp Enter Agreement to Co-Develop New Clinical Diagnostic Tests
Date:5/8/2008

DEERFIELD, Ill., May 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Siemens Healthcare and Laboratory Corporation of America(R) Holdings (LabCorp(R)) today announced that they have entered a non-exclusive agreement to discuss future possibilities to co-develop new clinical diagnostic tests in the areas of companion diagnostics, metabolic syndrome, oncology and diabetes. Under the agreement, initial discussions will focus on developing new tests that could make the biggest impact to patient care.

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Companion diagnostics are tests designed to identify the suitability between patients and a particular drug therapy. The tests can be used in personalized medicine to improve safety and efficacy of therapeutic drugs and in some cases, may help determine optimal dosing for individual patients. Metabolic syndrome is becoming more common and is characterized by a person having multiple risk factors that may include high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes, among others. It's estimated that more than 50 million people are affected by this syndrome in the United States alone(1).

Diabetes is a chronic disease currently affecting more than 180 million people worldwide and is likely to more than double by 2030(2). Early detection and treatment of diabetes may enable a patient to better maintain their lifestyle. In addition, the possibility of advancing early detection of cancer is important as it may lead to higher survival rates. One in eight deaths worldwide is due to cancer, and in 2007, there were more than 12 million estimated new cancer cases worldwide(3).

Siemens is a leader in the diagnostic industry with the broadest range of products and services used for diagnosing medical conditions and monitoring patient therapy; LabCorp is a reference laboratory successfully serving more than 220,000 clien
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