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Multiplate helps to improve outcomes for patients on anti-platelet therapy: Roche further strengthens its vision for personalised healthcare with Multiplate analyser

Platelet function testing using the Multiplate analyser, now available from Roche, can help to improve outcomes for patients who have had a heart attack or stroke, or who are at risk of bleeding during or after surgery.  Multiplate test results help to predict those who are at increased risk of thrombosis or bleeding and allow anti-platelet tharapy to be tailored to the needs of individual patients.

Multiplate analyser

A recently published consensus recognised Roche Multiplate as the best predictor of ischemic risk compared to other platelet function testing methods6

Roche has pioneered personalised healthcare in many disease areas, including oncology, hepatology and rheumatology.  The addition of Multiplate to its range of hemostasis analysers further strengthens Roche’s commitment to personalised healthcare by providing powerful companion diagnostics that aid clinical decision-making for hematologists, cardiologists and anesthetists, and help to improve the care of patients with impaired platelet function.

Impaired platelet function can lead to ischemic heart disease and cerebrovascular disease, the two leading causes of death worldwide1.  Anti-platelet agents, in particular clopidogrel, are among the most widely used drugs in modern medicine and offer significant improvement in the prevention of thromotic events.  However, 20% of patients do not respond adequately to clopidogrel and are at increased risk of arterial thromboembolism2-5.  Often this is only detected when the patient experiences a secondary thrombotic event.    Other potent, but expensive, anti-platelet agents are now available, such as prasugrel and ticagrelor, which offer advantages and disadvantages over clopidogrel.  It is important to identify which patients respond to clopidogrel so that antiplatelet therapy can be tailored  accordingly and the risk of ischemic and cerebrovascular events reduced.

A recently published consensus recognised Multiplate as the best predictor of ischemic risk compared to other platelet function testing methods6.  Multiplate detects both low and high response to clopidogrel, making it ideal to predict the risk of thrombosis, particularly following procedures such as percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), and to predict the risk of intra- or post-oprative bleeding.  This allows treatment to be tailored immediately, if necessary, to ensure patients are managed safely and effectively.  There is growing evidence that tailoring anti-platelet therapy with Multiplate has the potential to improve outcomes and reduce the incidence of major ischemic complications post PCI7.8.

The Multiplate analyser was acquired during the recent Roche takeover of Verum Diagnostica, an international leader in platelet function testing.  For further information about Multiplate, please telephone 01444 256000 or visit the Roche website atwww.roche.co.uk.  

1. WHO Fact sheet N°310; http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs310/en/index.html.
2. Sibbing, D., Braun, S., Morath, T., Mehilli, J., Vogt, W., Schömig, A., Kastrati, A., von Beckerath, N. (2009). J Am Coll Cardiol. Mar 10;53(10):849-56.
3. Sibbing, D. et al. (2010). Thromb Haemost. Jan;103(1):151-9.
4. Schulz, S. et al. (2010). Am Heart J. Aug;160(2):355-61.
5. Siller-Matula, J.M. et al. (2010). J ThrombHaemost. Feb;8(2):351-9.
6. Bonello, L. et al. (2010) J Am Coll Cardiol; 56(12): 919-33.
7. Sibbing, D. et al. (2012). J Am Coll Cardiol;59;E265.
8. Siller-Matula, J.M. et al. (2012) Int J Cardiol; doi:10.1016/j.ijcard.2012.05.040

About Roche
Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, Roche is a leader in research-focused healthcare with combined strengths in pharmaceuticals and diagnostics. Roche is the world’s largest biotech company, with truly differentiated medicines in oncology, infectious diseases, inflammation, metabolism and neuroscience. Roche is also the world leader in in vitro diagnostics and tissue-based cancer diagnostics, and a frontrunner in diabetes management. Roche’s personalised healthcare strategy aims at providing medicines and diagnostic tools that enable tangible improvements in the health, quality of life and survival of patients. In 2012 Roche had over 82,000 employees worldwide and invested over 8 billion Swiss francs in R&D. The Group posted sales of 45.5 billion Swiss francs. Genentech, in the United States, is a wholly owned member of the Roche Group. Roche is the majority shareholder in Chugai Pharmaceutical, Japan.

For more information, please visit www.roche.com For further information please contact: Hazel Clarke, Communications (Roche), Phone: 01444 256000 e.mail: hazel.clarke@roche.com

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Randox licenses sPLA2 CVD risk test from Aterovax

Randox Laboratories Ltd., a privately owned UK diagnostic company with an extensive portfolio of diagnostic markers for Cardiovascular disease (CVD) and Aterovax SA, a privately owned French diagnostic company focused on the development and commercialisation of novel cardiovascular diagnostics have announced a strategic partnership to commercialise Aterovax’s patented biomarker secreted Phospholipase A2 (sPLA2) for the assessment of cardiovascular risk.

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Randox Toxicology launches ELISA for the detection of new generation Synthetic Cannabinoids; UR-144 and XLR-11

Randox Toxicology has launched an ELISA for the detection of new generation Synthetic Cannabinoids; UR-144, XLR-11, and additional compounds which are commonly found in ‘Spice’ and ‘K2’ blends. 

These emerging compounds have been rapidly introduced to the designer drug market in response to legislation banning previously identified compounds. As a result, other screening methods have since become out-dated creating a difficult task for toxicologists who have had to develop a new way of detecting the novel drugs.

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Oxford Immunotec wins 2013 Red Herring Top 100 Award

Oxford, UK and Marlborough, MA; 11 April 2013

Oxford Immunotec is pleased to announce today that it has won a place in Red Herring‘s Top 100 Europe list for 2013.

Randox Toxicology launches Mitragynine ELISA for the detection of designer drug Kratom

Crumlin, UK, 10th April 2013

Kratom is a designer drug which originates from Mitragyna speciosa; an uncontrolled plant found in South East Asia.