BioSpace.com

Biotech and Pharmaceutical
News & Jobs
Search the Site
 
   
Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Channel Medical Device and Diagnostics Channel Clinical Research Channel BioSpace Collaborative    Job Seekers:  Register | Login          Employers:  Register | Login  

NEWSLETTERS
Free Newsletters
Archive
My Subscriptions

NEWS
News by Subject
News by Disease
News by Date
PLoS
Search News
Post Your News
JoVE

CAREER NETWORK
Job Seeker Login
Most Recent Jobs
Browse Biotech Jobs
Search Jobs
Post Resume
Career Fairs
Career Resources
For Employers

HOTBEDS
Regional News
US & Canada
  Biotech Bay
  Biotech Beach
  Genetown
  Pharm Country
  BioCapital
  BioMidwest
  Bio NC
  BioForest
  Southern Pharm
  BioCanada East
  US Device
Europe
Asia

DIVERSITY

INVESTOR
Market Summary
News
IPOs

PROFILES
Company Profiles

START UPS
Companies
Events

INTELLIGENCE
Research Store

INDUSTRY EVENTS
Biotech Events
Post an Event
RESOURCES
Real Estate
Business Opportunities

 News | News By Subject | News by Disease News By Date | Search News
eNewsletter Signup
Miles
Km80.5

   

Ariana Pharma Receives EUR 1 Million From OSEO For Imakinib Oncology Biomarker Program


10/12/2009 1:02:42 PM

Paris, October 12, 2009 - Ariana(TM) Pharma, a provider of decision support tools and services to accelerate drug discovery and development, announces today that the company is to receive EUR 1 million from France's innovation agency, OSEO, as part of the IMAkinib program. IMAkinib is a collaborative program to develop biomarkers for oncology. By playing a key role in IMAkinib, Ariana TM) will be able to further develop its KEM(R) (Knowledge Extraction Management) technology and enter a new field, imaging biomarkers.

Cancer is still growing fast in terms of incidence, mortality rates and associated costs. WHO estimates that cancer-related deaths will climb 51 percent between 2002 and 2030 with approximately 11.5 million deaths linked to this pathology in 2030 worldwide. IMAkinib aims to improve oncology treatments by developing a new generation of specific biomarkers for diagnostics and targeted therapies. The project leader is oncology specialist Oncodesign, and the other team member is Guerbet, responsible for radiotracers and clinical trials. The total cost of the program is estimated at EUR 24.7 million over eight years. OSEO will contribute EUR 10.3 million.

The exhaustive analysis of data allowing the selection and optimization of sensitive and specific biomarkers remains a major limiting factor on progress of current work in the field of biomarkers. The systematic analysis technology in KEM(R), developed by Ariana(TM), could have a significant impact by overcoming the restrictions inherent in classic statistical analyses. Apart from the IMAkinib program itself, this project will allow Ariana(TM) to develop its expertise by extending the application of its KEM(R) technology to the field of in vivo biomarkers.

In the IMAkinib project, Ariana(TM) will contribute towards the multi-objective optimization of radiotracers and the selection of best candidates. Thanks to its proprietary tool, KEM(R), Ariana(TM) can shorten the time needed to develop biomarkers and thereby reduce costs. The automatic exhaustive detection of possible biomarkers enables a better selection and a lessening of the risks linked to the choice of tracers.

"Ariana(TM)'s inclusion in this program is important as it will build even more power and reliability into our decision support technology KEM(R) developed over the last several years," said Mohammad Afshar, CEO of Ariana(TM) Pharma. "The results of the IMAkinib program will allow Ariana(TM) to rapidly establish itself as a leading player in the market for biomarker development tools." The collaboration will enable Ariana(TM) to offer its customers KEM(R) Biomarkers to accelerate their development. In addition, the automation and exhaustivity of the data analysis possible though KEM(R) will lead to an optimal selection of biomarkers.

"IMAkinib represents a major growth opportunity for Ariana(TM) and opens a new application area for our multi-objective data analysis technology KEM(R) to develop biomarkers in vivo," added Afshar. "We are delighted to be working alongside Guerbet and Oncodesign and to bring to the consortium our cutting edge technologies in data analysis and drug development."

About Ariana(TM) Pharma http://www.arianapharma.com/

Ariana(TM) Pharma delivers pioneering multi objectives decision support tools to dramatically accelerate and improve the discovery, development and safety of pharmaceutical products. Its KEM(R) knowledge extraction and management platform comprehensively mines data, including data other systems neglect, and helps scientists take simultaneous decisions involving multiple criteria and objectives. The Company has established a rapidly growing software business through collaboration and licensing agreements with some of the largest pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Ariana(TM) was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Paris, France.


Read at BioSpace.com

   

ADD TO DEL.ICIO.US    ADD TO DIGG    ADD TO FURL    ADD TO STUMBLEUPON    ADD TO TECHNORATI FAVORITES