New Formulations Will Speed Discovery of Biomarkers and Precision Therapies
Minneapolis, MN (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - TumorGenesis, Inc. a subsidiary of Predictive Oncology, Inc. (NASDAQ: POAI) has selected US Biological Corporation of Salem, Massachusetts as the manufacturer and distributor of its innovative culture media for growing ovarian tumor cells.
Unlike traditional cell culture media, which select for one or two fast growing cell types, TumorGenesis media are specially formulated to help researchers isolate and maintain the unique histological and basic biological signatures of heterogeneous ovarian cell types while growing them in the laboratory.
“Using these proprietary media our partners have identified 25 cell types from ovarian tumors, which to a large degree have never been screened or studied by researchers,” said Richard Gabriel, President of TumorGenesis, Inc. “The resulting cells have a 95+% match to cells found in patient bodies.”
Available for purchase via US Biological in Q1-2020, the new media are being launched at a time when, according to MarketWatch, the global cell culture media market is growing at a healthy 8.4% CAGR, driven mainly by the increased use of biological based drugs such as immune therapies, and is expected to reach US $2,360 Million by 2024.
While specialty media is a small subset of the market, Gabriel sees this ovarian-specific formulation as the first in a portfolio of tools and services TumorGenesis will offer to cancer researchers. “We believe by helping researchers develop cells and tumors that more closely mimic cells and tumor found in patient bodies, we can help lower the cost and speed the discovery of drugs and therapies that will approve patient outcomes.”
About Predictive Oncology Inc.
Predictive Oncology (Nasdaq: POAI) operates through five segments (Domestic, International, Clinical, CRO and DCHIP), which contain four subsidiaries; Helomics, TumorGenesis, Skyline Medical and Skyline Europe. Helomics applies artificial intelligence to its rich data gathered from patient tumors to both personalize cancer therapies for patients and drive the development of new targeted therapies in collaborations with pharmaceutical companies. Helomics’ CLIA-certified lab provides clinical testing that assists oncologists in individualizing patient treatment decisions, by providing an evidence-based roadmap for therapy. In addition to its proprietary precision oncology platform, Helomics offers boutique CRO services that leverage its TruTumor™, patient-derived tumor models coupled to a wide range of multi-omics assays (genomics, proteomics and biochemical), and an AI-powered proprietary bioinformatics platform (D- CHIP) to provide a tailored solution to its clients’ specific needs. Predictive Oncology’s TumorGenesis subsidiary is developing a new rapid approach to growing tumors in the laboratory, which essentially “fools” cancer cells into thinking they are still growing inside a patient. Its proprietary Oncology Discovery Technology Platform kits will assist researchers and clinicians to identify which cancer cells bind to specific biomarkers. Once the biomarkers are identified they can be used in TumorGenesis’ Oncology Capture Technology Platforms which isolate and help categorize an individual patient’s heterogeneous tumor samples to enable the development of patient specific treatment options. Helomics and TumorGenesis are focused on ovarian cancer. Predictive Oncology’s Skyline Medical division markets its patented and FDA cleared STREAMWAY System, which automates the collection, measurement and disposal of waste fluid, including blood, irrigation fluid and others, within a medical facility, through both domestic and international divisions. The company has achieved sales in five of the seven continents through both direct sales and distributor partners. For more information, please visit www.predictive-oncology.com.
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