An Updated Biomarker Commons Website

Today, we’ve launched an updated BiomarkerCommons.org website. We’ve kept the clean page style and introduce larger, easier-to-read fonts and a new layout optimized for all your mobile devices.

Biomarker Commons Introduces Digital Memberships

Biomarker Commons launched three-and-a-half years ago with an ambitious goal: curate the growing biomarker industry and track the discovery, development and use of biomarkers. Our business plan was simple: support the site with advertising revenue. Not surprisingly, given the changes to the media industry over the last few years, that plan hasn’t worked out.

Proteome Sciences Announces $2.1m Contract with Thermo Fisher Scientific

Proteome Sciences recently announced its largest contract to date, a technology agreement with Thermo Fisher Scientific, valued at $2.1million by Proteome Sciences, to develop advanced methods to profile changes in key cancer pathways. Proteome Sciences will provide Thermo Fisher with access to its patents covering a three-stage mass spectrometry (MS3) fragmentation methodology to deliver significantly improved analysis and accuracy. Proteome Sciences will receive cash and Thermo Fisher will provide a no-cost lease for mass spectrometry equipment for Proteome Sciences to develop the pathway assays. In addition Proteome Sciences will continue to develop advanced 20 and 30-plex Tandem Mass Tags (TMT®) for Thermo Fisher for the next additions to the TMT® range of tags.

The new MS3 TMT® (three-stage MS Tandem Mass Tag) mass spectrometry technique is a breakthrough mass spectrometry based workflow, enabling mass spectrometers to determine relative quantitation of proteins in multiple samples simultaneously and with improved accuracy.
“We are at a critical juncture toward the development of personalised medicine which requires high-resolution maps of the protein networks regulating disease,” said Dr. Ian Pike, Chief Operating Officer at Proteome Sciences. “The combination of the highest sample multiplexing rates from TMT with the industry-leading Thermo Scientific Orbitrap mass spectrometer enables us to provide an unrivalled platform to investigate subtle but significant changes in the proteome.”
Proteome Sciences will leverage the combined power of TMT® and Orbitrap® technology to develop an expanded range of mass spectrometry assays for the pharmaceutical industry. Through its SysQuant® workflows, Proteome will profile the low-level changes in activity of key cancer signalling pathways to facilitate optimal drug selection across a range of solid tumours. This will enable clinicians to provide real-time patient management and the ability, for the first time, to deliver truly personalised medicine.

“Life sciences researchers today need to perform high-quality relative quantitation of many samples quickly,” said Ian Jardine, Chief Technology Officer, Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry, Thermo Fisher Scientific. “MS3 TMT® technology greatly improves quantitative accuracy and throughput, while Orbitrap® technology dramatically increases depth and quality of data. This agreement offers customers a new paradigm in proteomics research.”
“Our agreement with Thermo Fisher sets a new benchmark to establish and apply novel diagnostic and prognostic strategies in healthcare management,” said Christopher Pearce, Chief Executive of Proteome Sciences. “It has long been our goal to provide clinicians the tools they need to provide early diagnosis of disease and better match molecular targeting medicines to the most likely responders. The output from this agreement should have a profound positive impact on the lives of large numbers of patients suffering from chronic diseases and, at the same time, provide considerable economic benefits to the health care system.”

Source: Proteome Sciences

8 Questions about Biomarker Commons

Biomarker Commons launched just over three years ago with the goal of aggregating the latest biomarker and personalized medicine news.

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Cancer Biomarker Study Data Presented at the 2013 AACR Meeting

As we’ve done in previous years here at Biomarker Commons (AACR 2011 and AACR 2012), here’s a roundup of eight research studies on cancer biomarkers that were presented last month at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. The theme of this year’s meeting was “Personalizing Cancer Care Through Discovery Science.”

  • Biomarker Analysis Identified Women Most Likely to Benefit From T-DM1

    According to data from a subanalysis of a phase III clinical trial that led the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to approve trastuzumab emtansine (T-DM1) in February, the amount of HER2 in tumors of women with metastatic, HER2-positive breast cancer might determine how much they benefit from the drug. The findings were presented by José Baselga, M.D., Ph.D., physician-in-chief at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

    Source: AACR

  • Novel Serum Biomarker Bilirubin Predicted Lung Cancer Risk in Smokers

    Researchers from MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, used a unique multiphase study design for the metabolomics profiling of serum samples from non-small lung cancer patients, and showed that bilirubin is a potential biomarker for lung cancer risk prediction. Men who were smokers and had low bilirubin levels had increased risk for cancer incidence and mortality.

    Source: AACR

  • Biomarkers Discovered That May Help Predict Response to Drugs Targeting KRAS-mutated NSCLC

    Massachusetts General Hospital scientists have identified biomarkers that may help predict whether patients with KRAS-mutated non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) will respond to concurrent treatment with an MEK inhibitor and a PI3 kinase inhibitor, a drug combination currently being investigated in ongoing clinical trials.

    Source: AACR

  • Screening Blood Samples for Cancer-driving Mutations More Comprehensive Than Analyzing Traditional Tumor Biopsy

    Using a tool called BEAMing technology, which can detect cancer-driving gene mutations in patients’ blood samples, researchers from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School showed that were able to identify oncogenic mutations associated with distinct responses to therapies used to treat patients with gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST).

    Source: AACR

  • More Accurate Markers Identified for Detecting Response to Epigenetic Drugs for Myelodysplastic Syndromes

    Researchers from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, have identified and validated two DNA methylation markers that could help physicians better determine a patient’s response to DNA methyltransferase inhibitors (DNMTi) for the treatment of myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS).

    Source: AACR

  • Cohort Study Indicates That Selenium May Be Protective Against Advanced Prostate Cancer

    According to a data presented by researchers from Maastricht University in the Netherlands, a greater level of toenail selenium is associated with a significant decrease in the risk for advanced prostate cancer.

    Source: AACR

  • Comprehensive Genomic Analysis Identified Alterations in Head and Neck Cancer That Could Lead to Targeted Therapy

    A National Institutes of Health project to catalog the genetic alterations responsible for several types of cancer, in particular those with a poor prognosis, finds that head and neck squamous cell carcinomas are genomically heterogeneous. However, those cancer with certain distinctive patterns could be amenable to specific targeted therapies.

    Source: AACR

  • Novel Drug Combination Showed Antitumor Activity in Patients With Incurable BRCA-deficient Cancers

    Researchers from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School have identified two orally available experimental drugs — sapacitabine and seliciclib — from phase I trial data that, when given sequentially, work together to elicit antitumor effects in patients with incurable BRCA-deficient cancers.

    Source: AACR