January 23, 2019 - Invitrocue Limited (ASX: IVQ), a leading healthcare bio-analytic solutions provider, is pleased to announce the signing of a new technology development agreement with the Shanghai Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology (SIBCB), Chinese Academy of Sciences, for the laboratory culture and development of new breast cancer models for Invitrocue's proprietary Onco-PDOTM test.
Under the agreement, Professor Arial Zeng, an expert in stem cells during mammary development and breast cancer, will help Invitrocue to develop and optimise the protocols for the in vitro culture, propagation and expansion of patient-derived organoids (PDOs) from breast cancer patients with multiple breast cancer subtypes, including ER+, PR+, HER2+ and TNBC.
The IP will be jointly owned by both parties and Invitrocue will be granted global commercialisation rights to any intellectual property (IP) developed under the agreement.
Commenting on the collaboration, Dr. Steven Fang, Executive Chairman, Invitrocue, said:
"Whilst we already offer breast cancer testing with Onco-PDOTM, this collaboration agreement is an important advancement of our technology to expand into multiple subtypes of the world's leading cancer for women. Professor Arial Zeng is a world-renowned scientist in breast cancer organoid biology, and we look forward to working closely with her. This collaboration will enable us to provide even more precise and personalised data for breast cancer patients, leveraging our evidence-based approach to inform treatment pathways and improve patient outcomes."