Perlegen, 454 to study drug response

Perlegen Sciences and 454 Life Sciences (now owned by Roche) have teamed up to conduct large scale genetic re-sequencing in DNA samples collected from people with specific responses to an undisclosed class of drug. The companies hope to identify a specific genetic variation and create a test to administer to patients taking the drug that will determine what their response will be. "This study holds the promise to improve therapeutic outcomes for a vast number of patients," noted Bryan Walser, MD, CEO of Perlegen. Perlegen was a 2003 Fierce 15 company.

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