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Why AZ chose two partners for non-invasive companion diagnostics for NSCLC
Monday, August 4, 2014
plc considered location and
development stage of its lung cancer products when choosing partners for their
companion diagnostics: a long-time collaborator to address local market needs
for a mature product, and a more recent partner with global clinical and
commercial reach for a pipeline successor.
AstraZeneca announced a deal with Qiagen N.V. to
develop and commercialize a non-invasive companion diagnostic for Iressa
gefitinib, which will help solve the problem of identifying appropriate
patients for the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) inhibitor when biopsy
material is unavailable or unsuitable for analysis. The deal gives Qiagen the
chance to get EMA
approval of its plasma-based EGFR test as a companion diagnostic, and long-term
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