Amoy NGS partners with J&J for targeted therapy assay



China-based Amoy Diagnostics Co., Ltd (300658.SZ) announced a partnership agreement with US major Johnson & Johnson (J&J)’s China unit. The pair will advance indication expansion for Amoy’s polymerase chain reaction (PCR) multi-gene diagnostic assay Wei Hui Jian by combining it with an undisclosed J&J targeted therapy in the clinical setting in China. Wei Hui Jian is a Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS)-based 10 gene diagnostic assay nodded for marketing in China in November 2018.

Amoy’s ROS1 gene fusion detection kit was paired with US major Pfizer’s Xalkori (crizotinib) in clinical studies in the Asia-Pacific region, approved in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan for marketing, and entered Japan and South Korea’s reimbursement drug lists. Wei Hui Jian joined fellow NGS-based 10 gene diagnostic assay Ai Hui Jian in becoming companion diagnostic reagents for US-based major Eli Lilly’s rearranged during transfection (RET) inhibitor LOXO-292 in clinical trials in Asia in June 2019. In November 2019, Amoy and Japan-based Eisai Co., Ltd agreed to jointly develop the latter’s cholangiocarcinoma drug.

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