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Sensitivity Enhancements to Monogram's Trofile(TM) Assay Demonstrate Improved Power to Select Patients for CCR5 Antagonist Therapy
Date:6/16/2008

, is not only an invaluable part of patient selection for clinical trials, it is also critical to the pre-clinical evaluation of new drug candidates and for optimizing the selection of approved treatments for patient management in routine clinical practice.

About Trofile

Trofile is a clinically validated patient selection tropism assay that determines whether a patient is infected with a strain of HIV that uses either the CCR5 co-receptor (R5), the CXCR4 co-receptor (X4), or a combination of CCR5 and CXCR4 (D/M) to enter cells. The use of CCR5, CXCR4 or both co-receptors defines the "tropism" of the virus strain. Trofile amplifies the entire envelope gene from a patient's HIV genome (from their blood sample) and then uses it to make HIV particles containing the patient's virus envelope protein. The resultant HIV particles are then used to infect cells that contain the CCR5 co-receptor or the CXCR4 co-receptor on the cell surface. Once the virus infects the cell, it undergoes a single round of replication. Virus replication results in the production of luciferase from a luciferase gene that is carried into the cell by the virus. The production of luciferase in either CCR5 cells, CXCR4 cells or both cell types defines the co-receptor tropism of the patient virus. Trofile is the only clinically validated tropism assay and has been used to select patients in all phase II and phase III studies of CCR5 antagonists to date.

About Monogram

Monogram is a biotechnology company advancing individualized medicine by discovering, developing and marketing innovative products to guide and improve treatment of serious infectious diseases and cancer. The Company's products are designed to help doctors optimize treatment regimens for their patients that lead to better outcomes and reduced costs. The Company's technology is also being used by numerous biopharmaceutical companies to develop new and improved antiviral therapeutics and vaccines as well as targe
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