Decision Biomarkers Launches System for Quantification of Protein Biomarkers
Product News Jan 21, 2008
Decision Biomarkers Inc. has announced the launch of the AVANTRA™ biomarker workstation along with its MAX BIOCHIP™ 8-plex cytokine immunoassay. The system enables users to generate data in real-time, accelerating decision making and improving project productivity, the company says.
The AVANTRA™ biomarker workstation is the first multiplexed immunoassay system that enables non-specialized technicians to perform complex protein biomarker analyses in both the lab and directly at clinical trial sites. Plasma and serum samples can be analyzed on site by virtually anyone in real time. The system eliminates the need to send samples out to a specialized lab.
One emerging application for DBI's technology is adaptive clinical trials where data is needed quickly for fast decision making. "Plasma and serum samples can now be analyzed on-site immediately after collection, lowering costs and streamlining the clinical-trials process" commented Roger Dowd, President and CEO of Decision Biomarkers.
“With the growing trend in adaptive clinical trials, rapidly acquiring data with the AVANTRA™ -- an hour after collection, versus several weeks or months from a core lab -- greatly accelerates decision making and the progress of clinical trials."
Researchers in biomarker validation, preclinical and translational medicine programs are interested as well.
According to Peter Maimonis, VP Biological Research at Decision Biomarkers, "By fully automating the multiplexed protein assay, we specifically designed the AVANTRA™ system with individual investigators and researchers in mind. The scientists that we target want to spend their time on higher value activities rather than focusing on the minutia of running immunoassays."
The MAX BIOCHIP™ immunoassay cartridges providing fully automated and multiplexed immunoassays complement the AVANTRA™ workstation. The 8-plex cytokine biochip introduced with the AVANTRA™ is positioned to support research in inflammation, autoimmune response, oncology, infectious disease and vaccines.