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Aug 29, 2007

Immunicon to Provide Laboratory and Assay Development Services for Merck Serono

  • Immunicon entered into laboratory service and assay development agreements with Merck Serono. The transactions cover laboratory service testing and development of specialized biomarker assays based on circulating tumor cells, within the scope of an early clinical drug study.

    “The ability to interrogate the extremely rare circulating cells once isolated from peripheral blood gives unprecedented opportunities to see in real time what is happening with tumor cells in patients upon exposure to investigational drugs,” says Leon Terstappen, M.D. Ph.D., CSO of Immunicon.

    “On top of testing kinetics of circulating tumor cells, which may give important information on drug activity itself, the assays we will be developing in this project may provide predictive information as to who is likely to react to the drug and who is not.”



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Scientifically Studying Ecstasy

MDMA (commonly known as the empathogen “ecstasy”) is classified as a Schedule 1 drug, which is reserved for compounds with no accepted medical use and a high abuse potential. Two researchers from Stanford, however, call for a rigorous scientific exploration of MDMA's effects to identify precisely how the drug works, the data from which could be used to develop therapeutic compounds.

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