Skip to main content
Premium Trial:

Request an Annual Quote

Merck Serono, Compugen Form Biomarker Discovery Firm

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Merck Serono and Compugen jointly announced today the formation of a new biomarker discovery firm focused on prediction of drug-induced toxicity.

The new venture, called Neviah Genomics, will operate out of the Merck Serono Israel Bioincubator and will receive funding from Merck Serono Ventures. Tel Aviv, Israel-based Compugen will provide predictive discovery technologies to the venture and will receive an undisclosed equity stake in the company and rights to royalties from potential future sales. Further terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The establishment of Neviah Genomics builds on an earlier collaboration between Merck Serono and Compugen to discover biomarker signatures for drug-induced toxicity.

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.