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Ventana and Biocare Medical sign p63 license agreement to aid in the differential diagnosis of benign and malignant prostate lesions
Date:2/26/2013

TUCSON, Ariz., Feb. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. (Ventana), a member of the Roche Group and Biocare Medical, LLC (Biocare) today announced that they have entered into a non-exclusive license agreement to allow Biocare access to certain patents and materials related to p63 diagnostics in the research and IVD field. In parallel, Biocare and AsymmetRx Medical, Inc. (AsymmetRx) have settled their dispute as it relates to the p63 technology. As part of the settlement, Biocare has gained a worldwide license through Ventana to distribute p63 (4A4) mouse monoclonal primary antibody in both the research and IVD market and AsymmetRx has agreed to terminate all patent infringement litigation. AsymmetRx holds the exclusive, worldwide license under the Harvard Medical School patent filings for the use of the p63 antibody as an aid in the diagnosis of prostate and other cancers. Financial terms of the license and settlement were not disclosed.

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"Our mission is to improve the lives of all patients afflicted with cancer," says Mara Aspinall , President, Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. "Through our licensing program, we make the most advanced products in the industry available to those in need and help ensure the standardization of diagnostic results to benefit patients." 

The p63 gene was discovered in the Harvard lab of Dr. Frank McKeon and the p63 cancer diagnostic test was invented by a collaboration of labs at Harvard Medical School, Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the Brigham and Women's Hospital. p63 protein is highly expressed in prostate, breast, bladder, and lung tissue and the p63 (4A4
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