BETHLEHEM, Pa., June 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Saladax Biomedical, Inc., a privately held company developing novel diagnostic tests that individually optimize a patient's exposure to chemotherapy, today announced it has been certified as a registered CLIA Laboratory from the Office of Clinical Standards and Quality (OCSQ), a division of The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that regulates laboratory testing performed on humans. The CLIA certification and approval marks a significant milestone for Saladax, allowing the company to begin clinical laboratory operations for the MyCare portfolio of products at its facilities located in Bethlehem, PA.
Saladax Biomedical Laboratories (SBL), a division of Saladax Biomedical, Inc., will initially offer testing services for chemotherapy exposure optimization assays including My5-FU, MyPaclitaxel and MyDocetaxel in the U.S. SBL's menu of testing services will expand to include more than a dozen new exposure optimization tests that are currently in development.
"This is a significant milestone for SBL as our CLIA laboratory operations are at the heart of our U.S. commercialization plan that will include an expanding suite of MyCare exposure optimization tests that we believe give cancer patients the edge they need with their therapy," said Mark Myslinski, SVP and Chief Commercial Officer at Saladax Biomedical, Inc. "The SBL team did an outstanding job preparing our company for this milestone and it is illustrative of their preparedness for the commercial launch of the MyCare portfolio to oncologists in the U.S."
Beginning on July 1, 2013, SBL will offer testing services for their initial chemotherapy exposure test portfolio, MyPaclitaxelTM, MyDocetaxelTM and the My5-FUTM test (previously OnDose) that is being transitioned from Myriad Laboratories. The MyCare technology platform offers, rapid, robust and cost-effective blood tests for patient-specific chemotherapy dose optimization.
As a simple blood test, MyCare products will provide oncologists with vital information to determine the optimal chemotherapy dose required to maximize effectiveness and limit toxicity for their patients on an individual basis.
About Saladax Biomedical, Inc.
Saladax Biomedical develops novel diagnostic assays for the practical delivery of personalized medicine. The company's proprietary line of MyCare assays improves the efficacy of existing drugs by optimizing the dose administered for each individual patient. The initial focus of Saladax is oncology, with a portfolio of 13 chemotherapy drug assays in various stages of development. The initial portfolio of three assays is currently offered to the oncology community in markets around the world.
The company's MyCare technology platform is broad and flexible, enabling wide application in many therapeutic categories. This technology also enables Saladax to serve as a valuable partner to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in the development of companion diagnostics (CDx), addressing multiple risks and challenges encountered in drug development.
Headquartered in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Saladax was founded in 2004 and is ISO 13485:2003 certified.
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