HTG Molecular Diagnostics, Inc. (HTGM), a provider of instruments, reagents, and services for molecular profiling applications, announced that it has entered into a research agreement with Centre Léon Bérard, which provides the framework for molecular profiling studies aimed to advance precision medicine. The initial project utilizes the HTG EdgeSeq Oncology Biomarker Panel to retrospectively characterize immunologic profiles from advanced malignant tumor samples collected in the ProfiLER study (ClinicalTrials.gov identifier NCT01774409).
“We believe this immunogenic profiling of tumors, led by Dr. Pierre Saintigny within the Department of Translational Research and Innovation, will allow us to identify biomarkers with a potential predictive value and to determine if some genetic disorders are linked to immunity status alterations,” said Pr. Jean-Yves Blay, M.D., Ph.D., Director of Centre Léon Bérard. Centre Léon Bérard, located in Lyon, France, is a member of the French Federation of Cancer Centers and UNICANCER, which brings together 20 French hospitals that specialize in the treatment of cancer patients.
“We are thrilled to be working with the Centre Léon Bérard in the fight against cancer,” said Jean Claude Gerard Vice President of European Operations for HTG. “Our HTG EdgeSeq chemistry is well suited for the initial project because it will allow Dr. Saintigny and team to perform molecular profiling on small FFPE samples, and we believe the project sets the stage for future diagnostic opportunities arising from this collaboration.”
Headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, the mission of HTG Molecular Diagnostics (HTG) is to empower precision medicine at the local level. In 2013 the company commercialized its first instrument platform and a portfolio of RNA assays that leveraged HTG’s original proprietary nuclease protection chemistry. Continuous improvement led to the 2014 launch of the company’s HTG EdgeSeq product line, which automates sample and targeted library preparation for next-generation sequencing. Additional information is available at www.htgmolecular.com.
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