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Sysmex, AdnaGen team up for cancer Dx pact

This article was originally published in Clinica

Executive Summary

Diagnostics firm Sysmex has signed a non-exclusive European distribution agreement with biotechnology research firm AdnaGen, for all of the latter’s current and future CE-marked diagnostics and research-only products. AdnaGen (Langenhagen, Germany) develops the AdnaTest line of diagnostic and analytical products for improving the prognosis and patient management breast and colon cancer. According to Sysmex, the tests are based on immunomagnetic selection of tumour cells from blood and the detection of tumour-specific markers using RT-PCR amplification techniques. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. This is Sysmex’s third collaboration in the diagnostics field in 2009. In January, the Kobe, Japan-based company partnered with Epigenomics for the detection of methylated DNA in blood, and Oncolys Biopharma, to develop and commercialise an in vitro cancer diagnostic agent.

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