Unilabs, Biogen Enter Assay Pact
News Jul 07, 2011
Biogen Idec has selected Unilabs to provide a companion diagnostic anti-JCV antibody assay test, called STRATIFY-JCV.
The test is used to detect anti-JCV antibodies to calculate the risk of Tysabri-treated patients developing progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML).
To support customers, ordering needs and volume of samples, the two companies have also developed a closed web interface to allow neurologists to order sampling and shipping materials, register courier sample pick up details and request language and format of analytical reports. The project is managed by Unilabs in Copenhagen.
Natascha Schill, director, commercial operations, at Biogen Idec said, “Unilabs is an independent commercial laboratory with a very high reputation, a strong European footprint and excellent international skills, competences and agility. We are very happy to work with Unilabs”
Yvonne Lech, managing director of Unilabs Denmark, added, “The experiences and the innovations created for this project can be applied in the future to create added customer value for future global Companion Diagnostic projects.”
Researchers have created a portable and fast-acting test that can distinguish Ebola infections from other fever-causing infectious diseases such as Lassa fever and malaria in around 30 minutes. Although further testing is required, this could be useful during febrile disease outbreaks.READ MORE