BIOCARTIS AND A*STAR’S ETPL INITIATE DEVELOPMENT OF BREAST CANCER ASSAY TO GUIDE THERAPY SELECTION
Singapore / Mechelen (Belgium)- 10 July 2017 - Biocartis Group NV (‘Biocartis’ or the ‘Company’)- an innovative molecular diagnostics company (Euronext Brussels: BCART)- today announced that it has extended its partnership with ETPL (the commercialization arm of A*STAR- Singapore’s Agency for Science- Technology and Research1) with a new five-year strategic partnership- focused on the development of molecular diagnostic assays for Biocartis’ Idylla™ platform- a fully automated sample-to-result- real-time PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) system that offers accurate- highly reliable molecular information from virtually any biological sample. The first assay selected for development under the partnership is a fully automated solid biopsy assay- aimed at supporting optimal therapy selection decisions for breast cancer patients.
SPEECH BY MINISTER FOR HEALTH, MR GAN KIM YONG, AT THE A*STAR SCHOLARSHIP AWARD CEREMONY ON 10 JULY 2017, 3PM, LEVEL 2 AUDITORIUM, MATRIX, BIOPOLIS
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