Healthcare Industry News: Parkinson's disease
News Release - June 18, 2007
Gene Logic Collaboration Reveals Genomic Predictors of Parkinson's DiseaseResults Predict Likelihood and Age of Disease Onset, May Lead to Risk-Assessment Tests
GAITHERSBURG, Md.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Gene Logic Inc. (NASDAQ:GLGC ) announced today that a collaborative study between its Genomics Division and Mayo Clinic has found biomarkers that predict susceptibility to Parkinson's disease and age of disease onset. The study was novel in its detailed and comprehensive analysis of genes and their polymorphic variants across a specific biologic pathway. This work may also provide a model for the study of other complex diseases such as Alzheimer's.
Parkinson's disease is a chronic and progressive movement disorder that affects nearly one million Americans. The collaborators used sophisticated bioinformatic analysis methods to compare gene sequence variations called single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the genomes of Parkinson's disease patients to those of their disease-free siblings. The collaborators targeted variants of genes related to the axon guidance pathway, a neural development pathway that plays an important role in the wiring of the brain during fetal development.
Gene Logic provided gene expression data analysis and data interpretation, comparing the whole-genome study data to the company's Parkinson's disease gene expression knowledgebase, referred to in the study as the most comprehensive such database to date. Jarlath ffrench-Mullen, Ph.D., Gene Logic Scientific Director, Central Nervous System, and a co-author of the study said, "The study methodology opens doors to more in-depth genetic understanding of complex diseases, demonstrating the value of our clinical and genomics assets and capabilities. Gene expression profiles are used in such studies to identify, understand and confirm the dysregulation of specific genes and gene variants in a target pathway. This study augments our intellectual property position around a growing set of useful markers for Parkinson's disease and other complex diseases, affording excellent opportunities to develop diagnostic, prognostic, or therapeutic products."
Gene Logic Overview
Gene Logic is transforming into a biopharmaceutical development company through partnerships with pharmaceutical companies. Our partners provide Gene Logic with access to their drug candidates that have been assessed as safe in human clinical trials but discontinued for other reasons. Gene Logic applies its drug indication platform to find new therapeutic uses for the drug candidates. Gene Logic expects to receive milestone payments and royalties on drug candidates that our partners choose to develop based on the indications we find or, if the partner elects not to pursue such new indications, Gene Logic may receive ownership and development rights.
Gene Logic has also developed proprietary genomics databases and services to enable customers worldwide to discover and prioritize drug targets, identify biomarkers, predict toxicity and understand mechanisms of toxicity, and obtain insights into the efficacy of specific compounds.
Founded in 1994, Gene Logic is headquartered in Gaithersburg, Maryland, with additional research and development facilities in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Company currently has about 150 employees worldwide. For more information, visit www.genelogic.com or call toll-free - 1/800/GENELOGIC.
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