"Cancer immunotherapy is a promising area that may provide long lasting benefit not achieved with other treatment approaches. This collaboration is another strong example of the importance of companion diagnostics and their role in supporting the use of novel immunotherapies to target human malignancies," says Doug Ward, VP and Lifecycle Leader for the Ventana Companion Diagnostics business unit. "We're proud to provide high quality reagents like SP263 to support MedImmune's immunotherapy development efforts to advance the standard of care for cancer patients."
The PD-L1 (SP263) assay has been validated for use on the VENTANA BenchMark series of advanced staining instruments deployed globally. Testing for MedImmune's trials is being performed at the Ventana companion diagnostics (CDx) CAP/CLIA laboratory in Tucson, Arizona, USA and select testing sites.
"Personalized healthcare is an important part of our development strategy, so we are pleased to collaborate with Ventana on this companion diagnostic to help further advance our MEDI4736 development program," said Dr. Edward Bradley, Senior Vice President, R&D and Oncology iMED Head, MedImmune.
Since 2002 Ventana has worked with more than 45 biopharmaceutical partners and is currently engaged in more than 180 collaborative projects to develop and commercialize companion diagnostics globally. The company has a global install base of over 10,000 automated platforms that run advanced cancer diagnostic tests to benefit patients.