Under the terms of the agreement, SeraCare will provide their Seraseq™ ctDNA Reference Material technology to NIST for development of digital PCR measurement methodologies, and NIST will facilitate a wider distribution of these materials to anonymized laboratories for inter-laboratory comparisons. The joint efforts are meant to hasten the development of calibrated reference standards for circulating tumor DNA – critical for expanding the use of these technologies into the translational research and diagnostic labs.
"SeraCare and NIST make a natural fit, given NIST's measurement expertise and commitment to bridge the worlds of translational research and clinical diagnostics," said Dr. Russell Garlick, CSO of SeraCare Life Sciences. "NIST can facilitate the rapid adoption of calibrated and highly functional molecular standards in the rapidly evolving field of circulating tumor DNA assay development."
"The interlaboratory comparisons made possible by this partnership will speed NIST's efforts to overcome measurement challenges and advance cancer-detection technology broadly for the biomedical community," said Kenneth Cole, a group leader in NIST's Biosystems and Biomaterials Division. "Studies have shown that circulating tumor DNA can be detected in many cancers and it can be used to monitor therapeutic progress."
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SeraCare enables the promise of precision medicine by advancing the understanding of disease and providing assurance of the diagnostic result. Our innovative tools and technologies not only provide assurance of the safe, effective, and accurate performance of diagnostic assays but also establish a framework for regulating, compiling, and interpreting data from precision diagnostics. Our portfolio includes a broad range of products such as quality control technologies, disease-state specimens and tissues for research and development, processed biological materials, and immunoassay reagents. For more information, please visit www.seracare.com and follow SeraCare on Twitter (@SeraCare).
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