NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Proteome Sciences said today that it has signed a $2 million contract with Genting TauRx Diagnostic Centre, an affiliate of TauRx Therapeutics, to provide protein biomarker work in support of the company's Phase III trial of its Alzheimer's drug LMTX.
Proteome Sciences will analyze blood samples from patients enrolled in the trial and from age-matched controls with the aim of building protein panels for the detection of Alzheimer's and for monitoring treatment efficacy.
Under the terms of the deal, Proteome Sciences will receive $2 million in research fees comprising upfront and milestone payments, while GTD will receive a license to the company's existing blood biomarker for Alzheimer's. The firms will share commercialization rights to any diagnostic assays developed.
Proteome Sciences currently offers a panel of nine plasma proteins for Alzheimer's research including patient stratification in clinical trials.
LMTX is being developed by TauRx Therapeutics for the treatment for Alzheimer’s of mild to moderate severity by targeting the tau pathway.