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GE and GlaxoSmithKline form biotech partnering for tumour genetic disorder

Posted on 01 October 2014

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GE Healthcare announced an biotech partnering agreement between its affiliate, Clarient Diagnostic Services and GlaxoSmithKline.

The collaboration aims to improve access to diagnostic testing for cancer patients by establishing a network of clinical laboratories to identify genetic mutations associated with different tumour types.

The collaboration will enable GE to develop a broader laboratory and data analytics service that will enable better efficiency in the healthcare market related to oncology precision medicine.

This will be made available as a subscription-based service and operated by GE Healthcare.

GE Healthcare, through its Clarient affiliate, will initially use its clinical laboratory, pathology and genomics expertise, to certify laboratories and generate diagnostic data on metastatic melanoma patients.

The first Clarient certified laboratories to initiate this work, are expected to be operational in several countries in early 2015.

Laboratory testing will initially focus on more than 70 mutations relevant to melanoma, including BRAF V600E and V600K, with the opportunity to expand testing beyond melanoma into other tumor types, as the network of clinical laboratories develops.

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