Strategic Dx partnering allows for innovation and value at scale
Submitted by Illumina
By Joydeep Goswami
Chief Strategy and Corporate Development Officer at Illumina
I’m proud to announce that today, during the World CDx Summit in London, Illumina, Inc. announced a long-term strategic collaboration with Janssen Biotech, Inc. (Janssen) to accelerate the development of precision medicines.
Illumina can help deliver precision medicine at scale
This is the first of what we expect will be many pharmaceutical strategic partnerships as the industry leverages the power of Illumina to create precision medicine at scale. Illumina brings four key attributes to such strategic CDx partnerships:
As health care moves from a centralized diagnostic approach using large laboratories to run samples to a decentralized lab ecosystem with in-hospital and in-clinic diagnostic capacity, patient care teams will understand individual cancers faster and can begin precision therapies in days, not weeks.
Treatment for cancer should begin as soon as possible, but the current turnaround time for sample sequencing means many patients begin on standard-of-care treatment, which may close the door to precision therapies targeted to their unique tumor biomarkers.
As part of the collaboration, Illumina, together with Janssen, will co-develop CDx programs on Illumina’s TruSight™Oncology Comprehensive, a single test that assesses multiple tumor genes and biomarkers to reveal the specific molecular profile of a patient's cancer. With its global launch, announced in March and first taking place in Europe, the in vitro diagnostic (IVD) comprehensive genomic profiling (CGP) kit will help inform precision medicine decisions for patients across the continent.
The collaboration will also explore the potential benefits of accessing Illumina’s new and cutting-edge technologies to develop a target discovery engine, which has the potential to support new drug and biomarker target discoveries.
The movement from comprehensive oncology panels to a multi-omic approach to diagnosis and treatment has been enabled by Illumina’s broad range of research products and network of partnerships, including:
As Illumina’s Matt Nelson and Janssen’s Flora Berisha noted during their presentation on the opening day of the World CDx Summit, together we can do more. Precision medicine is a key component of pharma’s R&D strategy, and Illumina stands ready to support the development of precision diagnostics through our best-in-class portfolio of products across the oncology care continuum.
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