Biosystems International

The figure comes from a report commissioned by proteomics firm Proteome Sciences, which, like a number of other protein biomarker firms including Quanterix, Rules-Based Medicine, and NextGen Sciences, has made AD a significant focus of its R&D and commercialization efforts.

Funded by the French innovation agency OSEO, the collaboration calls for the companies to develop a prototype blood-based protein biomarker test for Alzheimer's disease as well as a therapeutic for the disease and a companion diagnostic.

The merger will give Biosystems International access to MicroBioChips' nanoarray technology and its sales and marketing resources, which are expected to help the company establish new relationships with university-based proteomics laboratories and pharma and biotech firms.

The Paris-based firms earlier this year announced a partnership to develop monoclonal antibody microarrays that combine BSI's antibodies with MBC's microarray platform.

The firms will combine Biosystems International's monoclonal antibody proteomics process with MBC's microarray technology.

The company will be using the funds to develop and test a prototype of the diagnostic, which it hopes to bring to market sometime in 2011, said a company official.

The Paris-based protein biomarker firm will use the money to further develop and commercialize its early-stage lung cancer diagnostics test.

An Australian-led team has generated a draft genome assembly of the invasive cane toad in hopes it will help in population control, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

The New York Times reports that the US Department of Defense has implemented about half the recommendations made to improve safe handling of dangerous agents.

In PLOS this week: approach for teasing out archaic introgression in human genomes, immune transcription features in HCV infection, and more.

Stat News reports that Maryland is promoting itself to the biotech industry with a mobile billboard.