Corporate Banner
Satellite Banner
Biologics & Bioprocessing
Scientific Community
 
Become a Member | Sign in
Home>News>This Article
  News
Return

Abbott to Collaborate with Astellas Pharma

Published: Thursday, September 06, 2012
Last Updated: Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Bookmark and Share
The companies will collaborate in a Phase 3 clinical trial for ASP0113, an investigational vaccine for preventing cytomegalovirus reactivation in transplant patients.

Under the agreement, Abbott’s RealTime cytomegalovirus (CMV) assay, which is performed on the Abbott m2000 System and intended for investigational use only, will be used to monitor patients for CMV viral load in order to assess the vaccine’s efficacy. Viral load is a measure of the severity of a viral infection or the amount of active virus in the blood.

A herpes virus, CMV infects half of all adults by age 40 and is the most common viral infection in transplant recipients. After primary infection, CMV establishes lifelong latency without causing symptoms. The virus is often dormant in those who are healthy but can cause illness in immunocompromised people, such as those undergoing stem cell or organ transplants. Hematopoietic cell transplant patients and other individuals with depressed immune systems are vulnerable to severe complications from CMV infection, including CMV disease and death.

"Our agreement with Astellas gives us an opportunity to collaborate with another leader in the health care industry to better monitor patients to ensure proper treatment," said John Coulter, head of Abbott’s molecular diagnostics business. "Abbott’s investigational CMV test will be used as an important aid in assessing the efficacy of this promising vaccine which could significantly improve the overall outcome of transplant procedures."

This agreement represents the fourth partnership that Abbott has announced in the last 12 months with a leading pharmaceutical company. Recent collaborations with Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline and Merck focus on the development of companion diagnostic tests for use in selecting patients for novel oncology therapeutics.


Further Information

Join For Free

Access to this exclusive content is for Technology Networks Premium members only.

Join Technology Networks Premium for free access to:

  • Exclusive articles
  • Presentations from international conferences
  • Over 3,200+ scientific posters on ePosters
  • More than 4,700+ scientific videos on LabTube
  • 35 community eNewsletters


Sign In



Forgotten your details? Click Here
If you are not a member you can join here

*Please note: By logging into TechnologyNetworks.com you agree to accept the use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our privacy policy.

Related Content

Leading Agent in the Treatment of Psosiasis
Abbott/Eisai's Humira has emerged on top with major-market sales of more than $1.4 billion in 2011.
Tuesday, August 07, 2012
Abbott and Reata Pharmaceuticals Announce Agreement for Next-Generation Antioxidant Inflammation Modulators
The companies announced that they have entered into a worldwide collaboration to jointly develop and commercialize Reata’s portfolio of second-generation oral antioxidant inflammation modulators (AIMs).
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Scientific News
ASMS 2016: Targeting Mass Spectrometry Tools for the Masses
The expanding application range of MS in life sciences, food, energy, and health sciences research was highlighted at this year's ASMS meeting in San Antonio, Texas.
Anthrax Vaccine Protects Monkeys
Vaccination with the anthrax capsule—a naturally occurring component of the bacterium that causes the disease—completely protected monkeys from lethal anthrax infection, according to a recently published study.
Long-Term Culturing of Adult Stem Cells
A new procedure developed by Harvard Stem Cell Institute researchers (HSCI) at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) may revolutionize the culturing of adult stem cells.
Solutions for Biotherapeutic Characterization
Innovation to speed the routine.
Plant-Based Vaccine Among Front Runners In Search For New Polio Jab
A researcher from Norwich is part of a consortium that has been awarded $1.5 million to develop safer polio vaccines, using a new technique developed at the John Innes Centre.
Harnessing Helpful Microbes
Seeking to further harness microbes’ many uses, the federal government has launched the National Microbiome Initiative (NMI) to “foster the integrated study of microbiomes across different ecosystems.”
What Makes a Good Scientist?
It’s the journey, not just the destination that counts as a scientist when conducting research.
A New Approach to Chemical Synthesis
Communesins, originally found in fungus, could hold potential as cancer drugs.
Better Animal Model to Improve HIV Vaccine Development
Penn study identifies a new tool to produce better HIV vaccine designs.
First Large-Scale Proteogenomic Study of Breast Cancer
The study offers understanding of potential therapeutic targets.
Skyscraper Banner

SELECTBIO Market Reports
Go to LabTube
Go to eposters
 
Access to the latest scientific news
Exclusive articles
Upload and share your posters on ePosters
Latest presentations and webinars
View a library of 1,800+ scientific and medical posters
3,200+ scientific and medical posters
A library of 2,500+ scientific videos on LabTube
4,700+ scientific videos
Close
Premium CrownJOIN TECHNOLOGY NETWORKS PREMIUM FOR FREE!