Harris & Harris Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: TINY), an investor in transformative companies enabled by disruptive science, notes the announcement by its portfolio company, Metabolon, Inc., that it has signed several exclusive multi-year, royalty-based research collaboration and licensing agreements with Patia Biopharma, a Mexican biotech company working to make personalized preventive medicine a reality in Mexico and Latin America. The research collaboration provides Metabolon's Quantose IR™ technology for use in several diabetes prevention studies in Mexico. The license agreement provides exclusive access in Mexico to Metabolon's prediabetes test technology for assessing insulin resistance in the general population of Mexico through Patia and Clinica Ruiz's network of laboratories.
Under the terms of the agreements, Patia and its affiliates will use Metabolon's Quantose IR™ technology in unprecedented large-scale studies in Mexico to test for prediabetes in up to three million overweight or obese adults and secondary school students who are obese and/or have a family history of diabetes. The goal of these studies is to detect prediabetes early and prescribe treatment to prevent progression to Type 2 diabetes. Testing will be carried out over four years, beginning with pilot studies in 2014.
The Metabolon prediabetes test uses a multi-analyte assay that requires only a single fasting blood sample. All testing will be performed at the laboratories of Clinica Ruiz, an ANAB-accredited laboratory, utilizing its state-of-the-art mass spectrometry analysis technology and a laboratory-developed test derived from Metabolon's Quantose IR™ technology.
"This relationship, including the data and revenue that accompany it, validates Metabolon's leadership in metabolomics," said Douglas Jamison, CEO of Harris & Harris Group. "Metabolon continues to execute key partnerships that advance its technology platform and lead to exciting diagnostic opportunities in diabetes and cancer."
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