Bristol-Myers Squibb Awards Immunicon New Research Services Agreement for Oncology Biomarker DevelopmentHUNTINGDON VALLEY, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun 1, 2007 - Immunicon Corporation (NASDAQ-GM:IMMC) announced today that the Company entered into a Research Services Agreement with Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) involving protein and molecular targets associated with circulating tumor cells (CTCs).
Leon Terstappen, MD, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer of Immunicon commented, "The list of pharmaceutical partners and biomarkers continues to expand. Our collaborations span across protein biomarkers, phosphoproteins and a variety of FISH assays to study gene amplification in a number of different carcinomas. We believe that our development work will advance the understanding of cancer biology as well as accelerate the time to market for promising new drugs."
About Immunicon Corporation
Immunicon Corporation is developing and commercializing proprietary cell- and molecular-based human diagnostic and life science research products, and is providing certain analytical services to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to assist them in developing new therapeutic agents, with an initial focus on cancer disease management. Immunicon has developed platform technologies to identify, count and characterize a small number of rare cells in blood, such as circulating tumor cells and circulating endothelial cells that are important in many diseases and biological processes. Immunicon's products and underlying technology platforms also have application in cancer research and may have applications in other fields of medicine, such as cardiovascular and infectious diseases. For more information, please visit www.immunicon.com.
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James G. Murphy
SVP of Finance & Administration, CFO
Posted: June 2007