VTT and GE Healthcare developing novel biomarkers to predict Alzheimer's disease

VTT and GE Healthcare developing novel biomarkers to predict Alzheimer's disease

Press releases may be edited for formatting or style | June 27, 2012
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a growing challenge to the health care systems and economies of developed countries with millions of patients suffering from this disease and increasing numbers of new cases diagnosed annually with the increasing ageing of populations.

Early detection of prodromal AD is vital both for assessing the efficacy of potential AD therapeutic agents as well as new disease modifying therapies are most likely to be effective when initiated during the early stages of disease. The elucidation of early metabolic pathways associated with progression to Alzheimer's disease may also help in identifying new therapeutic avenues.

In 2010 GE Healthcare entered into "biosignatures initiative" alliance with Janssen Pharmaceutica N.V. (Janssen) to develop diagnostic biosignatures for pre-symptomatic identification of AD. As part of this programme, VTT will apply serum metabolite profiling to validate their recently discovered biochemical signature, as well as to discover novel biomarker candidates predictive of progression to AD.

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VTT's research professor Matej Oreš[<0161>][<0161>]ič[<010D>][<010D>] said: "We are excited about the prospect of collaborating with GE Healthcare to accelerate its research programs and to further develop our biomarker towards a clinical assay applicable in healthcare setting. VTT has over the past years built unique metabolomics and systems biology platforms and acquired vast amount of knowledge on metabolic profiles and pathways in human health and disease, which allow us to identify disease-specific biochemical signatures and pathways. We believe that integration of metabolomics into the GE's and Janssen's biosignatures initiative will lead to better tools for early detection of AD and may also lead to better therapeutic options."

Further information:

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Sampo Sammalisto, Key Account Manager
tel. +358 50 584 1100, sampo.sammalisto@vtt.fi

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Matej Orešič, Research Professor
tel. +358 40 705 5156, matej.oresic@vtt.fi

About GE Healthcare

GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services that are shaping a new age of patient care. For more information about GE Healthcare, visit:www.gehealthcare.com.

About VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

VTT is a leading multitechnological applied research organization in Northern Europe. It creates new technology and science-based innovations in co-operation with domestic and foreign partners. VTT's turnover is EUR 290 million and its personnel totals 3,100. For further information, visit www.vtt.fi

Further information on VTT:
Sakari Sohlberg, Manager, External Communications
Tel. 358 20 722 6744
sakari.sohlberg@vtt.fi
www.vtt.fi

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