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Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. and Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany to develop companion diagnostic test for cancer treatment
Date:7/10/2014

TUCSON, Ariz., July 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. (Ventana), a member of the Roche Group, today announced it has entered into an agreement with Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, which operates as EMD Serono in the United States and Canada, to collaborate with Merck KGaA's biopharmaceutical division on the development and commercialization of a companion diagnostic (CDx) for an undisclosed target using Ventana's proprietary diagnostic assays. In alignment with Merck KGaA's strategic approach in personalized medicine, the aim is to develop a patient stratifying diagnostic test that can be used in multiple cancer indications. Merck KGaA, which is actively investing in innovation in the CDx field through a number of partnerships, will leverage Ventana's global leadership position in cancer diagnostics and vast expertise in CDx to achieve new levels of diagnostic clarity for the investigated target. As part of the agreement, Ventana will develop and validate the CDx and ensure its readiness, availability, and adherence to FDA and other health authority standards for future clinical trials.

"Tailoring therapies based on a patient's specific genes, proteins or tissue environment is a key expansion area for oncology.  We are very pleased to partner with Merck in Darmstadt, Germany to co-develop a CDx that will play a vital role in improving the quality of care for cancer patients," said Doug Ward, Vice President, Companion Diagnostics, Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. "Ventana is committed to continuing to provide the industry's gold standard in biomarker detection using our proprietary assays as the basis for novel companion diagnostic tests."

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