SOURCE: GE Healthcare

GE Healthcare

SOURCE: LeukoDx

LeukoDx

March 16, 2016 10:00 ET

LeukoDx and GE Healthcare Enter Agreement to Explore Solutions for Cell Characterization in Cell Therapy Manufacturing

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL--(Marketwired - March 16, 2016) - LeukoDx, an emerging leader in the field of fully-automated cell-based assays, and GE Healthcare's Life Sciences business, a provider of technologies and expertise to the biopharmaceutical and life sciences industries, today announced that they have entered into an agreement to address topics in cell characterization for cell therapy manufacturing.

Under the terms of this agreement, LeukoDx will develop for GE Healthcare, technology aimed at simplifying and expediting the process of cell characterization during cell therapy manufacturing. Further details of the agreement were not disclosed.

Production of cell-based therapies varies in key ways from biomanufacturing processes. Time pressure to generate the therapeutic cell dose is far greater while working with smaller volumes and numbers of unique and precious cells. This raises new and specific requirements on characterization of cells to become and be maintained as therapeutically relevant.

Julien Meissonnier, President and CEO of LeukoDx, commented: "This agreement with GE opens exciting possibilities for us. It is a great opportunity to harness our experience and technology we have established in the diagnostic market with Accelix and leverage them for cell therapy manufacturing. The recent achievements in cancer treatment start to address some of the most severe diseases of our time. LeukoDx is excited to be part of the team to make these therapies successful and to be there for patients at the diagnosis as well as the production of their personalized therapies. We're looking forward to working with GE, and to further help the dynamic and fast-moving biopharmaceutical industry meet its ongoing challenges."

Phil Vanek, GM of Cell Therapy Technologies at GE Healthcare's Life Sciences business said, "GE is focused on reliable, scaled-out manufacturing workflows that enable successful commercialization of cell therapies. Improved tools need to allow manufacturers to get information about the cells at every step of the process. Applying our deep knowledge and experience in cell bioprocessing to develop start-to-finish solutions, we hope to support the cell therapy industry's goal of safely and effectively treating patients suffering from devastating diseases such as cancer."

About LeukoDx Inc.

LeukoDx makes available fully automated, cost-effective, actionable cell-based analysis, 24/7 at the point of need, to a broad range of users. Our Accellix single-use cartridge flow cytometry analysis system provides results in less than 30 minutes, requires minimal training, and does not require users to deal with biological reagents, sample preparation and complex data analysis. The company's system was first developed to address the rapid confirmation of infection and immune suppression in patients at risk for sepsis: a condition associated with high morbidity and mortality with no comparable existing reliable diagnostic solution. LeukoDx is now expanding to new applications, together with selected partners. For more information please visit our website www.leukodx.com.

About GE Healthcare

GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services to meet the demand for increased access, enhanced quality and more affordable healthcare around the world. GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter -- great people and technologies taking on tough challenges. From medical imaging, software & IT, patient monitoring and diagnostics to drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies and performance improvement solutions, GE Healthcare helps medical professionals deliver great healthcare to their patients. For more information about GE Healthcare, visit our website at www.gehealthcare.com.

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