BioReliance Acquires Rights To Big Blue Colonies And Cell Lines From Agilent
Sigma-Aldrich Corporation recently announced that BioReliance, the biologics and early development services business under SAFC, has signed an agreement to acquire the colonies required for the Big Blue transgenic rodent mutation (TRM) assay and to obtain a license to its associated trademark from Agilent Technologies.
TRM assays, which measure mutation frequency in any tissue, are the first in vivo genetic toxicology mutation assays to be approved by the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), meeting Testing Guideline 488. BioReliance is now the owner of Big Blue, mutation models and the exclusive supplier of testing services based on this model.
“It is often of critical importance to use an in vivo mutation assay in order to assess human risk in drug development and chemical manufacturing. Big Blue is such an assay and one we are intimately familiar with, having been part of the initial co-development team in the 1990s,” stated Daniel Aparicio, Executive Director and General Manager of Early Development Services at BioReliance. “Based on feedback from our customers and from the market in general, we believe there will be an ever-increasing demand for transgenic rodent assays and we are delighted to be able to bring that capability to customers on the back of this agreement.”
BioReliance is now focused on completing the transfer of colonies and cell lines from Agilent and building full capacity and capability to perform the Big Blue assay. BioReliance is in the process of re-qualifying the assay to meet new regulatory requirements and anticipates that Big Blue testing services will be commercially available in the second half of the year.
BioReliance has been a leading provider of genetic toxicology testing services over the past two decades and continues to innovate and offer the latest technologies to help ensure the safety of pharmaceuticals and chemical compounds. The Big Blue Testing Assay was originally validated by BioReliance to use as a GLP regulatory submission assay to detect chromosomal and/or gene mutations in collaboration with Agilent in the early 90s.
For more information, visit http://www.bioreliance.com/ and http://www.safcglobal.com/.