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Fujirebio, Janssen sign deal to develop AMYLOID ß 42/40 RATIO assay

Miraca’s consolidated subsidiary Fujirebio has signed an agreement with US-based Janssen Pharmaceuticals for the development and commercialization of an AMYLOID β 42/40 RATIO assay.

The assay, which will run on the fully-automated chemiluminescent enzyme immunoassay system, the Lumipulse series, is intended to help identify patients who may benefit from treatment with Janssen’s new investigational oral BACE inhibitor, atabecestat.

Atabecestat is currently being studied for the slowing of cognitive decline in individuals who are identified by biomarkers to be progressing to Alzheimer’s dementia.

Alzheimer’s Disease is a highly prevalent, chronic, progressive condition affecting tens of millions of people worldwide with numbers expected to grow unrelentingly as populations age. Without disease- delaying therapies, the impact of Alzheimer’s Disease will be socially and economically devastating because people with Alzheimer’s Disease ultimately require continuous care.

Emerging science indicates that the disease starts years before Alzheimer’s dementia is evident, making it important to be able to recognize and treat early in the disease process, before cognitive symptoms are obvious.

Fujirebio owns diagnostic products to aid in the management of Alzheimer’s disease, such as the ELISA-based INNOTEST assay, which was launched by its EU subsidiary, Fujirebio Europe N.V. more than 20 years ago. In 2017, the Company also launched fully-automated tests, β-Amyloid 1-42 and Total TAU assays specialized for its Lumipulse immunoassay system.

With this agreement, we look forward to building upon our extensive experience in assay development to support new options for the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

Source: Company Press Release