ABSTRACT: This article summarizes the broad messages from pharmaceutical and diagnostic companies on the collaborations required to support companion diagnostics. Since the groundbreaking herceptin HER2 diagnostic model in 1998, it has taken until 2011 for the US FDA to issue a draft guidance document, which was then immediately followed with approvals for two new drugs and their companion diagnostics. This conference summarized the current state of thinking in new projects and innovative technologies in pharmaceutical and diagnostic codevelopment. Attitudes are slowly changing and collaborations are rapidly ensuing, although the alignment between pharmaceutical and diagnostic understanding of value, timelines, outcomes and impact is difficult and remains a contentious area. The value of this conference has been to address these issues.
Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics 07/2012; 12(6):561-3. · 4.86 Impact Factor