Updated on 17 July 2012
Life Technologies is working towards building its molecular diagnostics business
Singapore: Life Technologies has acquired Navigenics, a US-based genomics technology company. This acquisition represents Life Technologies' first step towards a strategy to build its molecular diagnostics business through internal development, partnerships and select acquisitions.
"Genetic analysis is becoming increasingly accessible, cost-effective and a critical part of patient clinical management," said Dr David Agus, co-founder of Navigenics, professor of Medicine and Engineering at the University of Southern California, and author of The End of Illness. "As a result, physicians have more complete and accurate information about the patient than ever before, which is translating into more effective, individualized care programs for patients."
"The advent of personalized medicine will require a combination of technologies and informatics focused on delivering relevant information to the treating physician," said Mr Ronnie Andrews, president of Medical Sciences at Life Technologies. "Navigenics has pioneered the synthesis and communication of complex genomic information, and we will now pivot the company's effort to date and focus on becoming a comprehensive provider of technology and informatics to pathologists and oncologists worldwide."
Navigenics' multidisciplinary expertise, including its technology infrastructure, user interfaces, online platforms, genomic support services, and an experienced team, will play a central role in the delivery of Life Technologies' molecular diagnostic model. The company's established CLIA-certified laboratory, licensed throughout the US, will be employed for design and validation of new diagnostics assays. Life Technologies plans to develop and offer lab-developed tests as well as commercialized assays that have been approved by FDA and other regulatory authorities. Life will also continue to build partnerships with pharmaceutical companies for companion diagnostic development, including participating in clinical trials, which is enabled by the CLIA lab acquisition.
Navigenics' extensive clinical program provides Life Technologies with a leadership position in clinician and patient education and support, which will be leveraged by Life Technologies in building its diagnostics business. The platform includes a network of oncologists, pathologists, and genetic counselors, who will be available to support community-based physicians in the adoption of genetic medicine and assist them in understanding these innovative types of medical information.