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GEN News Highlights : Feb 13, 2013

Agilent and Sera Partner to Develop Proteomic Assays for Fetal and Maternal Health

Agilent Technologies and Sera Prognostics, a women’s health company, entered a partnership to develop proteomic assays for the early prediction of pregnancy complications. Sera Prognostics is currently developing a test for the early prediction of preterm birth risk using advanced proteomic science.

“By providing pivotal information to physicians, Sera’s preterm birth predictor is designed to address an unmet medical need for a reliable, early risk assessment that has the potential to help significantly improve the health of mothers and newborns, while materially reducing the costs of care,” said Gregory C. Critchfield, M.D., chairman and CEO of Sera Prognostics.

As part of the partnership, Sera Prognostics purchased multiple Agilent 1290 Infinity ultrahigh-performance liquid chromatography systems, 6490 iFunnel triple quadrupole mass spectrometry systems, and 1260 Infinity LC systems with ultraviolet detectors and is adapting Agilent’s automated sample-preparation technologies for production.

The partners will develop high-throughput workflows for sample preparation and mass-spectrometry analysis. To meet the demands of high-volume testing, Sera Prognostics expects to leverage Agilent’s automated sample-prep technology and other automation, including the AssayMAP Bravo and RapidFire fast liquid chromatography together with ultra-sensitive ion funnel triple quadrupole mass spectrometry.