Flagship develops cTA™ tools and duplex IHC assays for muscle biopsy evaluation in support of disease-modifying therapies for Duchenne muscular dystrophy
Granada, Spain – October 18th, 2016 – Data and findings featuring Flagship’s computational Tissue Analysis (cTA™) in the development of biomarker analysis tools to support Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) drug development were presented by Summit Therapeutics at the 21st International Congress of the World Muscle Society including details of Flagship Biosciences’ role in the research. Flagship and Summit have collaborated to develop a biomarker analysis process using Flagship’s cTA™ methodologies, accelerating precise muscle fiber biomarker quantification across entire muscle sections. Summit aims to treat DMD by modulating utrophin, a structural protein expressed in developing and regenerating muscle fibers. The biomarker analysis is being optimized for clinical trial evaluation of Summit’s lead utrophin modulator candidate, ezutromid.
In a press release on Oct. 6th, Summit’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ralf Rosskamp, highlighted the importance of Flagship’s tools, saying “The development of new, fully automated biomarker tools capable of evaluating the disease status of muscle biopsies will play an important role in clinical trials, including our ongoing PhaseOut DMD trial.”
The poster presented at the WMS Conference detailed three duplex, IHC assays and cTA™ solutions that enable quantification of utrophin, beta-dystroglycan, and developmental myosin heavy chain in whole-slide images to robustly assess muscle health in DMD, BMD (Becker muscular dystrophy), and control skeletal muscle biopsies. The research also demonstrated that Flagship’s cTA™ approach can measure biomarker expression and muscle fiber morphometrics in all muscle fibers in a biopsy, resulting in robust datasets formed by quantifying thousands of fibers per sample. The approach can aid pathologists in evaluating the disease status of skeletal muscle biopsies and the efficacy of novel neuromuscular therapeutics.
“Flagship is proud to be a part of this promising research into treatments for muscular dystrophy. We look forward to further development of our tools to support Summit’s efforts. With our combined expertise and advanced image analysis capabilities, we anticipate successful biomarker quantification and evaluations for this crucial trial,” said Dr David Young, Flagship Chief Executive Officer.
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