Foundation Medicine Inc. and Clovis Oncology Inc. (CLVS: Quote) announced that they have entered into a diagnostic collaboration. The company said that the goal of the collaboration is to develop an in-vitro diagnostic or IVD to identify biomarkers to select cancer patients most likely to respond to Clovis' product candidate rucaparib, a poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase or PARP inhibitor currently in Phase I/II clinical development.
Clovis Oncology said that the company and Foundation Medicine will analyze the genomic alterations found in tissue samples from patients to evaluate the feasibility of developing an IVD method to identify patients who have tumors more likely to respond to rucaparib.
In particular, the goal of the collaboration is to identify the additional genetic mutations beyond those in germ-line and somatic BRCA that are associated with defective DNA repair and may define appropriate tumor targets for rucaparib.
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by RTT Staff Writer
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