Advances in cancer biomarker detection technology

July 5, 2013
The Column

Volume 9, Issue 12

Thermo Fisher Scientific (California, USA) has announced an intended collaboration with the Newman-Lakka Institute for Personalized Cancer Care at Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center (Massachusetts, USA).

Thermo Fisher Scientific (California, USA) has announced an intended collaboration with the Newman-Lakka Institute for Personalized Cancer Care at Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center (Massachusetts, USA). Thermo Fisher Scientific will invest in developing the application of liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC–MS) instruments and technology for the detection of protein biomarkers that indicate cancer.

“Our challenge and hope is to change the current standard of care, and our collaboration with Thermo Fisher and access to its state-of-the-art instrumentation will accelerate our mission. We hope to be able to provide oncologists with a panel of biomarkers that sense microscopic levels of tumour cells with a simple blood test,” said Charles J. Newman, president of the Newman-Lakka Cancer Foundation. “The goal is to develop diagnostic tools to make it possible for physicians to check off a panel of biomarkers when patients get regular checkups, so early detection of disease can facilitate effective treatment. Also, the goal is to enable oncologists to monitor the efficacy of treatment with a blood test, rather than waiting two months for an MRI and exposing the patients to additional harmful radiation.”

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www.thermoscientific.com

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