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Agilent and Integrated Diagnostics Partner on Protein Biomarker Assays

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Agilent Technologies said today that it has partnered with Integrated Diagnostics to develop multiplexed protein biomarker-based assays for detecting diseases in their early stages.

The firms plan to develop high-throughput automated workflows for sample preparation and liquid chromatography mass spectrometry analysis, with the goal of accelerating biomarker discoveries by enabling screening of several hundred biomarkers in a single assay.

Under the collaboration, Integrated Diagnostics bought two Agilent 1290 Infinity UHPLC systems, two 6490 iFunnel triple quadrupole mass spectrometry systems, and two 1260 liquid chromatographers with ultraviolet detectors that it will use in the project.

"Integrated Diagnostics will bring expertise in assay development, technology strategy, study design, clinical development, commercialization and systems informatics to leverage the Agilent technology solution," Paul Kearney, president and chief scientific officer of Integrated Diagnostics, said in a statement.

He added that the partnership with Agilent "will allow us to realize the advantages of using a single technology platform from discovery and verification through to commercialization."

The Scan

For Better Odds

Bloomberg reports that a child has been born following polygenic risk score screening as an embryo.

Booster Decision Expected

The New York Times reports the US Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine this week for individuals over 65 or at high risk.

Snipping HIV Out

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Temple University researchers are to test a gene-editing approach for treating HIV.

PLOS Papers on Cancer Risk Scores, Typhoid Fever in Colombia, Streptococcus Protection

In PLOS this week: application of cancer polygenic risk scores across ancestries, genetic diversity of typhoid fever-causing Salmonella, and more.