LabCorp to Merge With Monogram Biosciences
A LabCorp press release stated the company is set to strengthen it's leadership in infectious disease and oncology, and advance personalized medicine strategy by acquiring Monogram Biosciences Inc., a provider of diagnostic products. The merger will allow LabCorp to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Monogram in a cash tender offer.
"The transaction announced today is a significant step in the execution of LabCorp's strategy of leadership in personalized medicine," said David P. King, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of LabCorp. "Monogram Biosciences Inc. has an excellent clinical reputation, a market leading infectious disease test, a market leading companion diagnostic, an exciting technology platform for oncology and offers LabCorp a substantial growth opportunity. By utilizing LabCorp's national infrastructure to build on Monogram's already strong sales, we will advance our leadership in infectious disease and cancer testing, companion diagnostics and personalized medicine. We look forward to providing improved offerings to both our and Monogram's current customers."
Monogram Biosciences Inc. provides companion diagnostics - molecular diagnostic products that help guide and target appropriate treatments. Monogram's proprietary, clinically validated Trofile assay identifies patients who are eligible for the CCR5 class of HIV drugs and is the widely adopted companion diagnostic for the HIV drug Selzentry. Monogram's PhenoSense and PhenoSense GT HIV tests measure individual patient viral drug resistance, thereby enabling physicians to design optimal, individualized treatment plans for each patient. PhenoSense and PhenoSense GT are among the most widely used HIV resistance tests in the market today. Monogram's HIV tests are used routinely by physicians for managing patient therapy and are an integral component of anti-HIV drug development and clinical evaluations for the pharmaceutical industry.
Monogram's proprietary VeraTag technology has been used to develop a sensitive means to assess HER-2 status in tissue samples and has significant potential as a tool to help guide therapy decisions in breast cancer patients. Based on the VeraTag platform, Monogram has multiple tests in development for measuring a variety of protein markers that may have clinical utility to help guide treatment decisions across a broad range of cancer drugs. The potential oncology pipeline associated with this technology is a natural extension of LabCorp's existing oncology offerings for both clinical trials and commercial clients.
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