The companion diagnostic assay assesses multiple cancer-related genes as well as all four classes of genomic alterations
Foundation Medicine has announced an agreement with AstraZeneca to develop companion diagnostic assays to facilitate personalized medicine in oncology by identifying patients most likely to benefit from medicines within AstraZeneca's oncology pipeline.
"We use companion diagnostics throughout clinical development to deliver innovative, targeted therapies to patients most likely to benefit," said Mr Ruth March, VP and head of Personalised Healthcare & Biomarkers at AstraZeneca. "The leading genomic profiling approach provided by Foundation Medicine can help ensure that patients are matched with therapies specifically targeted to the molecular drivers of their disease."
As part of the collaboration agreement, AstraZeneca will utilize the Quality Systems Regulations (QSR)-compliant version of Foundation Medicine's comprehensive genomic profiling assay for solid tumors to enroll patients into clinical trials of therapies that target genomically driven mechanisms of disease.
The companion diagnostic assay assesses multiple cancer-related genes as well as all four classes of genomic alterations, and will be developed in parallel with the clinical development of AstraZeneca medicines as part of a coordinated regulatory strategy.
"We're delighted to expand our relationship with AstraZeneca to now include the development of companion diagnostics for their novel anti-cancer medicines," said Dr Steven J Kafka, president and chief operating officer for Foundation Medicine.