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China Medical Technologies Inc. (CMED) Partners with Leica Biosystems to Co-develop, Market FISH Kits

China Medical Technologies, a leading China-based advanced in-vitro diagnostic (IVD) company, today announced its partnership with Leica Biosystems, a division of Leica Microsystems, a world leader in microscopes and scientific instruments.

Collaboratively, the companies will co-develop and market automated FISH kits to be used on the Leica BOND system, an automated advanced staining platform. CMED will market the automated FISH kits in China, while Leica has the option to sell the automated FISH kits in the rest of the world.

The FISH solutions are designed for tissue sample tests on HER-2, EGFR and TOP2A, genes in connection with the targeted cancer therapy drugs for breast cancer, lung cancer and stomach cancer patients. By creating an automated system of these FISH tests on the Leica BOND system, pathology laboratories and independent service laboratories can run these diagnostic tests more efficiently and with higher and more consistent quality.

The partnership reflects a key achievement for CMED, extending its global reach.

“These collaborations with Leica mark a significant milestone for us,” Xiaodong Wu, chairman and CEO of CMED stated in the press release. “We believe that FISH applications will be more widely used in various clinical applications on automated basis in the future. By partnering with Leica, one of the leading global players in anatomic pathology, we can provide more efficient and higher quality FISH diagnostic solutions to the end users not only in China, but also in the global markets through Leica’s extensive global network.”

The deal is expected to not only benefit both companies, but their customers as well.

“CMED is the market leader for FISH based diagnostics in China and has played a key role in the rapid development in the use of FISH in China, especially for tissue based companion diagnostic testing. This partnership will help Leica and CMED to offer customers in China a broad test menu of high quality FISH tests automated on the Leica BOND system,” commented Arnd Kaldowski, president of Leica Biosystems.

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