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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Vermillion today announced that all four non-contingent contract claims with Bio-Rad Laboratories stemming from Vermillion's sale of its proteomics business

ProteoMonitor spoke to Cristobal Belda-Iniesta, head of the Biomarkers and Experimental Therapeutics for Cancer Group at Madrid's University Hospital La Paz, about his work applying proteomics to guide cancer therapy.

The patent's claims cover biomarker combinations for the diagnosis and management of Alzheimer's disease and their measurement by methods including mass spectrometry and immunoassay.

The system, called Lucid Proteomics, combining Bio-Rad's SELDI-based array technology with Bruker's ultrafleXtreme MALDI-TOF/TOF instrument, is expected to hit the market in late summer or early fall, and is the first fruit of a co-marketing and co-development collaboration between the two firms announced a month ago.

The company remains in business and continues work to get FDA approval for its ovarian tumor triage diagnostic. In its filing, the company said it had assets of about $7.2 million and liabilities of approximately $32 million as of Sept. 30, 2008.

In a competitive field where deals linking two mass-spec technologies from different vendors are unusual, the partnership could help Bio-Rad make relevant a technology that has failed to capture the interest of the research community.

The US Food and Drug Administration has new guidelines that enable some gene and cell therapies to undergo expedited review, according to the New York Times.

Using gene drives to control invasive species might be too risky, an initial advocate of the approach says.

In Science this week: intellectual property experts argue patent battles such as the one over CRISPR are wasteful, and more.

Researchers have grown tumors in 3D cell cultures to better understand cancer, the Economist reports.