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ArcherDx, HeliTec Partner on Cancer Dx Development

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – ArcherDx has partnered with HeliTec on the development of next-generation sequencing-based cancer diagnostics for the Chinese market, the companies announced today.

Under the terms of the deal, the companies will codevelop and cross-license certain NGS technologies with the goal of registering oncology diagnostic kits with the China Food and Drug Administration. In addition, all of ArcherDx's NGS assays — including its FusionPlex RNA assays, VariantPlex DNA assays, Reveal ctDNA 28 kit, and Immunoverse T-cell receptor kit — are now available from Shenzhen-based HeliTec.

The companies noted that HeliTec is also currently evaluating the Reveal assay to identify oncogenic mutations in liquid biopsies in a recently announced large-scale clinical study.

Additional terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"We are pleased to work with Archer to co-develop cutting-edge, NGS-based diagnostic assays in China, particularly on those cancer types predominant in Asian populations," HeliTec CEO Dongbin Zhou said in a statement.