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Biomarker Discovery and Drug Development

Biomarker discovery is one of the most challenging parts of the drug development continuum, since it is complex, consisting of many highly involved stages. To maximize success in the drug development process, it is advantageous to identify and reliably measure biomarkers playing a critical role at every stage of the drug development process: initial identification of the candidate drug, preclinical and translational research, clinical development, and reverse translational studies.

NanoString’s platforms enable you to design more efficient sample analysis workflows and reduce complexity associated with biomarker discovery and biomarker development. Whether your research requires bulk gene expression analysis, whole transcriptome spatial analysis, or single cell and sub-cellular spatial analysis, our innovative technologies can accelerate your scientific discoveries and de-risk your drug development process.

Pharma and CRO Summit Series

Accelerate and De-risk Biomarker Discovery
and Drug Development with NanoString

Biomarkers discovered in early stages of drug development must be biologically robust and verified as drug development advances. Adequate collection, storage, and limited availability of samples often prevent biomarker execution plans in translational and clinical studies, severely hindering the biomarker development process. NanoString’s products offer innovative approaches that successfully generate robust exploratory biomarker data from limited and challenging sample types. nCounter® gene expression assays provide proven reliability for biomarker sample analysis to inform critical decisions and to advance drug development programs.

nCounter Pro Analysis System for biomarker discovery

Analysis System

Pathway-based gene expression analysis relevant across different disease areas, commonly used in clinical trials to simultaneously analyze dozens of biologically and clinically-relevant gene expression profiling signatures; robust performance on challenging samples, including FFPE and biofluids.

GeoMx Digital Spatial Profiler for biomarker discovery

Digital Spatial Profiler

Morphological, spatial context for whole transcriptome and high-plex proteomics experiments from a single slide. Independently characterize compartments in tissue microenvrionment  without the confounding effects common encountered in standard bulk gene expression profiling methods.

CosMx Spatial Molecular Imager for biomarker discovery

Spatial Molecular Imager

In situ single cell profiling of RNA and proteins with subcellular resolution;  sophisticated approach incorporating protein and RNA expression to enhance cell segmentation accuracy; enable biomarker discovery and understand treatment effect using the highest plex in the market.

nCounter: Biomarker Discovery Simplified

Benefits of Using the nCounter Platform in Drug Development

  1. Fast turn-around-time (TAT): get biological insights in less than 24 hours using a simple workflow. Make informed decisions timely.
  2. Exceptionally robust gene expression results on clinical-grade samples.
  3. Analytical reproducibility across different sample types, including challenging samples such as blood and FFPE.
  4. Automated workflow with minimal hands-on-time, maximize quality and consistency while reducing overhead cost.
  5. Expertly curated gene expression profiling signatures including TIS, LST and PAM50. Streamline biomarker discovery and receive supporting end-user required content.

nCounter Analysis System Featured Applications

Profiling with Established GEP Signatures
Developing Custom GEP
Biomanufacturing – Cellular and Gene Therapy
Profiling with Established GEP Signatures

Access Established and Clinically Relevant Gene Expression Profiling Signatures

NanoString has partnered in the development and analytical validation of three clinically relevant signatures with demonstrated clinical utility in immuno-oncology, breast cancer, and lymphoma.

  • TIS: Measure tumor inflammation using 18 functional genes known to be associated with response to PD-1/PD-L1 blockade and other immuno-oncology targeted therapies.
  • PAM50: Classify breast cancer samples into four biologically distinct subtypes: Basal, Her2-Enriched, Luminal B and Luminal A using the highly validated 50-gene signature.
  • LST: Profile cell of origin for diffuse large B-cell lymphoma using a 20-gene signature based on the Leukemia and Lymphoma Molecular Profiling Project Lymph2Cx assay.

Broad molecular gene expression profiling signatures: all NanoString panels offer the ability to look at numerous molecular and cell abundance signatures relevant across various molecular and cellular mechanisms in health and disease states. The IO 360™ Panel incorporates 48 exploratory RUO biological signatures with high potential as predictive biomarkers, including TIS.

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Developing Custom GEP

Democratized Access to Robust and Reliable Signature Development

Develop your own gene expression profiling signature or implement an existing one with Custom CodeSets or Elements Reagents.

nCounter technology offers:

  • Direct digital detection with minimal sample manipulation
  • A simple, automated workflow, minimizing error and bias introducing steps
  • Proven reproducibility across multiple runs, users, and sites

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Biomanufacturing – Cellular and Gene Therapy

Biomanufacturing, also known as bioproduction, utilizes biological systems to provide commercial or clinical trial materials for use in therapeutics. Many assay development challenges exist, in particular, biomanufacturing of cellular and gene therapies. Traditional in-process testing is typically done across various assay platforms with low reproducibility and robustness, complicated technical steps with a lot of hands-on time, and long turnaround times to results.

The nCounter Pro is a modernized and streamlined approach to assay development providing simple, automated workflows and robust performance. Fit-for-purpose pre-built panels address essential characterization and provide a starting point for further cellular and gene therapy assay development. Many in-process and QC assays can be ported to the nCounter Pro streamlining various assay solutions under a single cybersecure, CFR Part 11 compliant system that meets biomanufacturing regulatory requirements.

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A Spatial Solution for Every Biomarker Discovery Stage

Triangular diagram illustrating biomarker discovery and drug development process

Spatial biology uses in situ-based approaches to study cellular composition and function within the 2- or 3-dimensional context of a tissue. The architecture of tissue and cell-cell interactions in their native environment can be mapped using spatial biology. 

Analyzing RNA and protein expression from a single slide with spatial context using GeoMx DSP or CosMx SMI enables biomarker discovery researchers to view a positional map of cells and increases the understanding of tissue and cellular architecture and interaction.

Benefits of Implementing GeoMx® DSP and CosMx™ SMI in Drug Development Research

  1. Generate rich multiomic, high-plex spatial datasets — understand health and disease states better.
  2. Maximum flexibility to interrogate entire tissue area or focus on regions of interest that are biologically or clinically relevant.
  3. Improved standard tissue analysis workflows — overcome challenges generally encountered with standard tissue analysis workflows and benefit from industry defined best practices when using GeoMx DSP.
  4. Navigate between two dimensions of resolution seamlessly — spatial platform panel design encompasses same principals and can enable seamless translation of observations from one assay to another, GeoMx DSP to CosMx SMI and vice versa.
  5. Leverage NanoString’s 20 years of probe design to effectively expand content in any off-the-shelf panels.
  6. True multiomic spatial platform capabilities — maximize insights gained from a single FFPE tissue section using proteogenomic applications

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