June 19, 2013

Pittsfield, MA – Nuclea Biotechnologies, Inc. announced that it has signed a new research & collaboration agreement with Berkshire Medical Center (BMC) which could lead to more effective treatment for prostate and breast cancer. This partnership will advance research and development of biomarkers, which are a vital component in the growing field of personalized medicine.

Nuclea discovers and develops biomarkers (genes, proteins, and antibodies) and diagnostic assays that help predict which treatments will be effective for different patients, depending on their genetic makeup.  With individual patient consent, this agreement allows BMC to provide Nuclea with samples of serum and tumor tissue for the purpose of identifying biomarkers for cancer diagnostics.

"This is exciting news for the life science industry in the Berkshires," said Patrick Muraca, President & CEO of Nuclea. "The fact that a local biotech company is partnering with a local medical center is truly validating for groups outside of Boston in the life science field. I’m thrilled to be working with the Berkshire Medical Center and confident that this research will advance the use of biomarkers and yield more effective cancer treatments."

"Berkshire Health Systems is committed to providing the highest level of cancer care services available nationally for our patients and their loved ones who are facing such a challenging time in their lives," said David Phelps, President & CEO of BHS. "For the highly skilled oncologists in our community, it is critical that they have access to the latest research and treatment options to help our patients to achieve the best outcomes and we welcome the opportunity to partner with Nuclea Biotechnologies toward this end."

Nuclea Biotechnologies, Inc. -- is headquartered in Pittsfield, Massachusetts with additional operations in Worcester, Massachusetts. Nuclea has developed and is commercializing unique diagnostic tests for colon, breast, leukemia, lung and prostate cancer. Nuclea also performs research leading to novel molecular oncology companion diagnostics for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

About BMC. – Berkshire Medical Center, as the primary affiliate of Berkshire Health Systems, is the premier provider of comprehensive healthcare services to residents of and visitors to Berkshire County, Massachusetts and the surrounding areas of Eastern New York and Southern Vermont. A 302-bed acute care medical center, BMC has achieved national recognition for quality care from independent health ranking organizations, including HealthGrades®, which awarded BMC a 2013 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™. BMC provides state-of-the-art care through a wide range of medical and surgical specialties, many more often found in larger, urban hospitals. BMC is a community teaching hospital and an affiliate of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine and Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.


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