Lunaphore and Massachusetts General Hospital partner on spatial biology-based cancer diagnostics

Life sciences company Lunaphore (Lausanne, Switzerland) will collaborate with the Pathology Department at Massachusetts General Hospital to create an in vitro diagnostic (IVD) to evaluate the sensitivity of solid tumors to poly-ADP ribose polymerase (PARP) inhibitors.

Lunaphore’s chip technology can extract spatial proteomic and genomic data from tumors.

The project will first focus on ovarian, breast and prostate cancers.

PARP inhibitors work by preventing cancer cells from repairing damaged DNA.

COMET 6-plex on breast cancer. Image courtesy of Lunaphore.

“The DNA repair pathway called homologous recombination is of clinical interest as tumors with homologous recombination deficiency (HRD) have been found to be sensitive to PARP inhibitors,” said Diego G. Dupouy, chief technology officer of Lunaphore, in a statement. “However, current methods of identifying HRD in tumors have been varie…

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