SOURCE: BioServe

September 17, 2007 09:00 ET

BioServe Signs Co-Distribution Deal With NeoCodex

Companies Gain Expanded Access to Human Tissue Samples Needed for Medical Research and Discovery

BELTSVILLE, MD--(Marketwire - September 17, 2007) - Bioserve today bolstered its Global Repository® of tissue, DNA and serum samples with the announcement of a joint distribution deal with NeoCodex SL. Headquartered out of Seville, Spain, and dually focused on advancing biomarker discovery and maintaining operation of Europe's largest commercial biobank, the synergistic alliance now provides collaborators working with both companies, expanded access to human samples deemed critical in advancing medical research.

Through this agreement, BioServe will now be able to provide customers with access to clinically annotated human specimens from the uniquely homogenous Spanish population. Featuring a nationwide network capable of acquiring DNA, FFPE's (fixed formalin paraffin embedded tissue), fluids, and tissues, the NeoCodex biobank continues to grow through continual procurement of samples donated from patients afflicted with the most pharmaceutically relevant disease states, as well as from patients affected with rare neuropsychological disorders.

In return, NeoCodex gains access to BioServe's Global Repository, a growing library of over 600,000 human DNA, tissue and serum samples linked to detailed clinical and demographic data from 140,000 consented and anonymized patients collected on four continents.

"We are committed to making the Global Repository a prized asset for the life sciences industry by continually providing a data set unparalleled in both its integrity and comprehensiveness. Working with NeoCodex, we further extend the range of DNA and tissue samples that researchers can use to accelerate the development of new diagnostics and drugs in a myriad of diseases," stated Dr. Kevin Krenitsky, Chief Executive Officer, BioServe.

"We are pleased to enter into this collaboration with BioServe whose Global Repository is widely considered the industry's gold standard for biological samples. With access to the Global Repository, we are able to provide our customers throughout Spain and Europe with case/controls data sets covering most every major disease," said Dr. Enrique Vázquez Tatay, Chief Executive Officer of NeoCodex.

About NeoCodex SL

NeoCodex was founded in 2002 by some of Spain's top scientists, who together, shared a vision of bringing the best of biomaterials and innovative methods to the world of genomic discovery, diagnostics and drug development.

Coupling Europe's largest repository of DNA and tissue samples with a breakthrough approach to whole genome association analysis (WGA), NeoCodex provides pharmaceutical, government and academic partners with a compelling array of study services -- from design, subject recruitment, biomarker discovery and validation through to patenting and publication. For more information please visit www.neocodex.com.

About BioServe

BioServe is a leader in the processing, development, and validation of diagnostic tests for the practice of personalized, predictive and preventive medicine including DNA methylation analysis services. Leading pharma, biotech and diagnostic firms collaborate with BioServe to identify and validate markers that cause disease while correlating clinical and molecular data to develop new diagnostic tests promoting wellness around the world. BioServe offers the Global Repository®, a growing tissue bank of over 600,000 human DNA, tissue and serum samples linked to detailed clinical and demographic data from 140,000 consented and anonymized patients from four continents. Leveraging BioServe's robust genomic analysis services, technology, Global Repository and CLIA-certified laboratory, collaborators gain a complete, highly efficient platform for processing diagnostic test results and identifying genomic markers for powerful new assays. BioServe has headquarters in Beltsville, MD and Hyderabad, India. For more information please visit www.bioserve.com or call 301-470-3362.

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Contact Information

  • Contacts:
    Kevin Krenitsky
    Chief Executive Officer
    BioServe
    301-470-3362
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    Constantine Theodoropulos
    Boston Communications
    617-292-7319
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