17 February 2015 | News | By BioSpectrum Bureau
Dako partners with Ono pharmaceuticals
Opdivo treats small lung cancer that causes 1.5 million deaths a year
Singapore: Dako, an Agilent Technologies company, has announced cooperation with Ono pharmaceuticals to develop potential diagnostic tests for the detection of non-small lung cancer. The test will be used to determine how patients respond to Opdivo, a drug that treats small lung cancer.
Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer-related mortality worldwide, and is responsible for more than 1.5 million deaths per year. Opdivo is being developed in partnership between Ono Pharmaceutical and Bristol-Myers Squibb.
Mr Jacob Thaysen, president of Agilent's Diagnostics and Genomics Group, said, "We are pleased to be chosen as ONO's partner for the development of a companion diagnostic test for this promising drug. Today's announcement follows several other collaborative agreements in the companion diagnostics area by Agilent's Dako business."
Dako is a global leader in diagnostics and this partnership helps in maximizing the value of opdivo, said Mr Gyo Sagara, president, representative director and CEO, ONO. Financila dtails of the agreement were not disclosed.