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Veridex, LLC Announces Collaboration to Develop Next-Generation Circulating Tumor Cell (CTC) Technology with Massachusetts General Hospital
Date:1/3/2011

s templates for novel DNA, RNA and protein biomarkers," said Nicholas Dracopoli, Vice President, Biomarkers, ORD.  "Given the demand for actionable data to guide personalized medicine for patients with cancer, there is a rapidly growing need for advanced, automated non-invasive technologies that can aid in selection of treatment and monitor response throughout the course of their disease."

"The challenging goal of sorting extremely rare CTCs from blood requires continuous technological, biological and clinical innovation to fully explore the utility of these precious cells in clinical oncology," said Mehmet Toner, Ph.D., director of the BioMicroElectroMechanical Systems Resource Center in the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Engineering in Medicine. "We have developed and continue to develop a broad range of technologies that are evolving what we know about cancer and cancer care. This collaboration is an opportunity to apply our past learning to the advancement of a platform that will ultimately benefit patients with cancer."

The platform to be developed will be a bench-top system to specifically isolate and explore the biology of rare cells at the protein, RNA and DNA levels.  

Clinical validation and regulatory submissions for future diagnostic applications of this new technology will be guided by Veridex.  Veridex launched the first commercial CTC test in 2004 and has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to advancing innovation in CTC testing and expanding the utility of CTCs as an IVD tool in clinical oncology practice.  In the research setting, Veridex's Clinical Research Solutions group works with partner companies to offer technology and expertise in rare cells for R&D efforts that aim to develop more targeted and effective therapies in cancer and other diseases.

Ortho Biotech Oncology Research & Development, a unit of Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, is a r
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