NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute will use cross-species genomic analysis and validation testing in a cancer drug collaboration with Merck, the Institute said today.
Under the agreement, Merck will provide the Center for Applied Cancer Science at Dana-Farber with up-front and research support funding and with milestone and royalty payments if a drug is approved for marketing. CACS will retain the right to develop its antibodies independently from the collaboration with Merck.
The CACS will work with Merck to develop assays for lead compound discovery, and then test the drugs in its model systems that “closely replicate human disease,” CACS said.
CACS faculty will work with Merck to further evaluate tumor pathobiology and clinical outcomes to better pinpoint the tumor types that are most susceptible to drug candidates.
Further terms of the alliance were not disclosed.