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UND signs license to develop breakthrough breast cancer detection technology with Neomatrix, LLC

Posted on 1/9/2012


The University of North Dakota (UND) and Neomatrix, LLC, announced today that they have signed an exclusive agreement to develop technology for the early detection of breast cancer using the company's HALOŽ Breast Pap Test device.

The HALOŽ breast test is for physicians and is designed to help screen and assess breast cancer risk in women using techniques from cell biology. The UND technology, used with the HALOŽ device, is based on the detection of cancer indicators in breast nipple aspirate fluid (NAF).

Early detection of breast cancer is widely recognized as the most effective strategy for successfully treating the disease. Health outcomes are greatly improved when breast cancer is discovered in the early stages of development.

"Dr. Edward Sauter, professor in the department of surgery at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences, renowned for his research on NAF constituents and their role in breast cancer prediction, and his team, find it rewarding to begin collaborations with our partner Neomatrix and its scientists to help develop our technology," said Michael Moore, UND associate vice president for intellectual property commercialization & economic development. "I want to recognize Dr. Kumi Combs in my group for her work in putting this agreement and relationship together. This option agreement sets the stage for further development of the technology. We look forward to working with Neomatrix and sincerely hope we can be part of an important diagnostic technology and assay for the early detection of breast cancer."

"We identified a promising breast cancer predictive marker panel through funding from the National Institutes of Health," Sauter said. "We needed a partner to take the next step toward practical application in development of an assay. It is exciting to partner with Neomatrix to validate our panel, in the hopes of gaining Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and bringing it to clinical use."

"We are thrilled to be participating in this important collaborative program with the world-class personnel and facilities at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences," said France Dixon Helfer, president and CEO of Neomatrix, LLC. "We concur with the University that this biomarker research will open new doors in the early detection of breast cancer in women."

About Neomatrix, LLC:

Neomatrix develops solutions to promote optimal women's health, including the HALOŽ Breast Pap Test and detection assays for breast cancer.

The FDA-approved HALOŽ Breast Pap Test is the first fully automated noninvasive breast disease-screening device for use in physician offices for the collection of NAF for cytological evaluation. Like the Pap test for cervical cancer, HALOŽ looks for cellular changes years before breast cancer is detectable by mammographic imaging. To learn more about the test and locate a physician who offers it, visit or call (877) HALOPAP.

About the University of North Dakota:

The University of North Dakota is located in Grand Forks, with a population of 50,000 on the Red River of the North separating North Dakota and Minnesota. The campus includes 223 buildings (more than 6 million square) on 550 acres.

The University of North Dakota is the state's most comprehensive intensive research university and the primary center for professional education and training. Since 2001, the University has received $890.6 million for sponsored programs from internal and external sources. In fiscal year 2010, UND received $143.37 million for projects in areas such as neuroscience, unmanned aerial systems, vaccines, advanced electronics, nanotechnology, high-tech coatings, and alternative fuels. UND's total economic impact on the state and region is more than $1 billion a year.

Founded by the Dakota Territorial Assembly in 1883, six years before statehood in North Dakota, UND was intended to be, and has remained, a University with a strong liberal arts foundation surrounded by a variety of professional and specialized programs. UND is one of only 47 public universities in the nation with both accredited graduate schools of law and medicine. It is admired for its spacious, beautiful campus. The University is recognized for its superior research facilities.

More than 14,700 students enrolled at UND this year (fall 2011) in nearly 220 fields of study.

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