On September 19, 2023 Bio-Techne Corporation (NASDAQ: TECH) and Cizzle Biotechnology Holdings plc, the UK-based diagnostics developer, reported recent progress evaluating specific monoclonal antibodies for Cizzle’s CIZ1B cancer biomarker (Press release, Bio-Techne, SEP 19, 2023, View Source [SID1234635216]). Cizzle has successfully completed an evaluation programme aimed at assessing the feasibility of using the Simple Western platform from ProteinSimple (a Bio-Techne Brand) for high throughput detection of the CIZ1B cancer biomarker which may be useful in the detection of early-stage lung cancer.

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Allan Syms, Executive Chairman of Cizzle, commented: "We are very pleased to be working with Bio-Techne, a global leader in bioscience solutions. We believe the Simple Western platform is an excellent fit for use in our development of a high throughput assay for the detection of the Company’s CIZ1B biomarker. Cizzle has shown that CIZ1B is highly associated with lung cancer at its earliest stage when surgical or other therapeutic intervention is possible, which is key to saving lives. We look forward to building on this important project as we push forward in bringing our novel diagnostic solution to market."

Will Geist, President of Bio-Techne’s Protein Sciences Segment Commented: "We are pleased that Cizzle has chosen the Simple Western platform for the development of its novel biomarker. The automation, sensitivity, small sample input and quantitative nature of the Simple Western system makes it ideal for supporting an assay of this nature. We are excited about the progress so far and hopeful Simple Western can aid in making such a life-saving innovation available to the patients that need it."