Volition Signs Agreement with the Institute of Laboratory Medicine of the Technical University of Munich, Germany, to assist in securing large trials in a range of cancers
ISNES, Belgium, Aug. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- VolitionRx Limited (NYSE AMERICAN: VNRX) today announced a three-year agreement to work with the renowned expert Professor Stefan Holdenrieder at the Institute of Laboratory Medicine of the German Heart Center at the Technical University of Munich, Germany.
Volition's Chief Executive Officer, Cameron Reynolds, commented, "I am delighted we are working with Professor Holdenrieder at his new laboratory in Munich. As a leading expert in the field of nucleosomics, he will support our analytical and preanalytical research and assist our efforts to secure large trials in a range of cancers - including lung, pancreatic, prostate, colorectal, breast and ovarian."
Professor Holdenrieder is the Director of the Institute of Laboratory Medicine and will be the principal investigator on Volition's nucleosome projects, aided by several members of his team. Professor Holdenrieder is an expert in the field of circulating nucleosomes and is widely published. He currently serves as Secretary of the International Society of Oncological BioMarkers, External Quality Assessment consultant for tumor marker ring trials at INSTAND e.V. and Associate Editor of several international scientific journals.
"My main research focus is the development and evaluation of new biomarkers that are useful in cardiology, oncology and immunology. Blood-based biomarkers such as Volition's Nu.Q™ assays are involved in all of these important medical fields. Nucleosomes are involved in thrombogenesis, in immune reaction and have the potential to help in the detection and management of cancer," commented Professor Holdenrieder.
The Institute has a Biomarker Center for the validation of new technologies and has expertise in the methodical, preanalytical and analytical evaluation of new biomarkers that may be useful for disease detection and patient management. It also owns and operates a biobank of biological samples taken from a large cohort of individuals in particular, those with diverse cardiovascular diseases.
Volition is a multi-national life sciences company developing simple, easy to use blood-based cancer tests to accurately diagnose a range of cancers. The tests are based on the science of Nucleosomics®, which is the practice of identifying and measuring nucleosomes in the bloodstream or other bodily fluid - an indication that disease is present.
As cancer screening programs become more widespread, Volition's products aim to help to diagnose a range of cancers quickly, simply, accurately and cost effectively. Early diagnosis has the potential to not only prolong the life of patients, but also to improve their quality of life.
Volition's research and development activities are currently centered in Belgium, with additional offices in London, Texas and Singapore, as the company focuses on bringing its diagnostic products to market first in Europe, then in the U.S. and ultimately, worldwide.
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