AstraZeneca, Roche and Qiagen to Collaborate for Cancer Diagnostic

AstraZeneca, Roche and Qiagen to Collaborate for Cancer Diagnostic

AstraZeneca has signed up an agreement of collaboration with Roche AG and Qiagen for cancer diagnostic technology using genomic data from plasma samples. The companies will share technology and research expertise to develop new blood test.

Qiagen's EGFR test has been approved by FDA and the new test will be using EGFR as base technology. The companies will work together to develop two diagnostic blood tests. The test will indicate the benefits lung cancer patients can derive from the drugs.

The tests will be capable of detecting small fragments of circulating tumor DNA in the plasma. The test to be developed by Qiagen will check the benefits of AstraZeneca's cancer drug Iressa among lung cancer patients. The test to be developed by Roche will ascertain the efficacy of AstraZeneca's experimental drug AZD9291 among patients.

QIAGEN has earlier signed up an agreement of collaboration with Exosome Diagnostics to develop first-in-class, non-invasive diagnostics for key genetic biomarkers in lung and other cancers.


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