Industry News: Agilent announces collaboration with Incyte to develop advanced companion diagnostics in hematology and oncology

08 Feb 2024

Agilent Technologies Inc. has announced an agreement with Incyte that will bring together Agilent’s expertise in the development of companion diagnostics (CDx) to support the development and commercialization of Incyte’s hematology and oncology portfolio.

Developed for use with targeted therapeutics, companion diagnostics are used to evaluate expression of biomarkers and identify patients that are likely to benefit from treatment with the targeted therapeutic products.

The agreement between Agilent and Incyte allows the companies to collaborate on CDx development programs. This will enable Agilent to continue to expand its companion diagnostics portfolio with novel biomarkers and Incyte to leverage Agilent’s expertise in IVD assay development, global regulatory approvals, and commercialization to support clinical trials as well as the potential registration and commercialization of CDx in the US and Europe.

Paul Beresford, vice president and general manager of Agilent’s Companion Diagnostics Division, said, “Leveraging the power of companion diagnostics, we are strategically transforming the treatment paradigm for a broad spectrum of cancers. By working together, Agilent and Incyte hope to expedite the development of innovative precision medicine products, potentially paving the way for enhanced patient health outcomes.”

Jeff Jackson, group vice president of Translational Medicine at Incyte added, “Agilent’s expertise in the development of companion diagnostics is impressive, as is their regulatory and commercialization record. We are excited about the collaboration and look forward to working together to innovate in support of patients.”

Since the launch of HercepTest, Agilent has introduced several additional CDx tests, among these is the PDL-1 IHC 22C3 franchise that offers an expanding range of tests for assessing PDL-1 expression.

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