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OncoMethylome to Provide Methylation Testing Services for Merck Study

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – OncoMethylome Sciences said today that it will provide MGMT gene promoter methylation testing services for Merck KGaA’s clinical trial program for cilengitide, a drug being developed for glioblastoma multiforme treatment.
 
As part of the agreement, Germany’s Merck also gained a worldwide, non-exclusive license to use the results from the methylation assay for optimizing cilengitide treatment.
 
Liege, Belgium-based OncoMethylome said that its MGMT assay is based on studies that showed methylation of the MGMT gene promoter may help to identify brain tumors that are more likely to respond to standard chemotherapeutic agents.

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