NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Therapeutic research firm Boston Strategics and molecular diagnostic services shop Molecular Response have agreed to design and manage drug development programs together with the aim of identifying subpopulations of best responders to treatments and improving their probability of success through clinical trials.
The companies will identify best responder sub-populations using patient-derived tumor xenograft models, genomic profiling technologies, and Molecular Response's proprietary bank of tumor cells. The bank contains 144,000 cryopreserved specimens from common and rare tumor types collected from the US population over two decades.
In turn, Boston Strategics will contribute its oncology drug development expertise. Through this deal, Molecular Response will become a member of Boston Strategics' 'True' Open Innovation platform, which fosters collaborations with providers of innovative resources in oncology drug development research.
Recently, Molecular Response announced it had opened a CLIA-certified, purpose-built facility in San Diego for providing clinical trial support services to pharmaceutical partners.