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Life technologies announces pharma partnering with Merck

Posted on 22 July 2013

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Life Technologies announces pharma partnering with Merck Serono on current and future companion diagnostics projects.

The value of the pharma partnering was undisclosed.

Merck Serono committed under a nonexclusive agreement to combining biomarkers identified by Merck Serono's translational research with Life Tech's platform technologies.

The companies will develop companion diagnostics concurrently with Merck's drug development programs.

The companies also agreed to develop an initial oncology diagnostic, while collaborating long-term on developing new diagnostics across a wide range of therapeutic areas and Life Tech instrument platforms that include next-generation sequencing, Sanger sequencing, qPCR, and flow cytometry.

If a development collaboration proves successful, it will be followed by a commercialization agreement under which Life Tech will commercialize a companion diagnostic in agreed-upon territories.

The companies also agreed to pursue simultaneous regulatory approvals for Merck Serono drugs and Life Tech companion diagnostics.

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