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ACD – a Bio-Techne brand, shortens the path to personalized medicine and enables research, drug development and clinical applications by unlocking the power of RNA. ACD is a leader in the emerging field of molecular pathology, developing cell- and tissue-based research and diagnostic tests for personalized medicine.
Based in Silicon Valley, ACD’s products and pharma assay services are based on its proprietary RNAscope® technology, the first multiplex fluorescent and chromogenic in situ hybridization platform, capable of detecting and quantifying single molecules of RNA in situ. ACD has two product lines, namely RNAscope® and BaseScope™ consisting of assay reagent kits and 13,000+ off-the-shelf probes in addition to a Pharma Assay Services business which allow customers to run assays for their unique targets rapidly. Since its first launch in 2011, the technology boasts 700+ citations, a new publication each day now, for single, duplex and multiplex RNA analysis.
In addition to its ongoing efforts to develop proprietary diagnostic tests for cancer management, ACD also establishes partnerships with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to validate biomarkers for targeted therapeutic development. These internal and external efforts will continue to position ACD as a leader in molecular diagnostics and companion diagnostics.
The company’s technology overcomes critical hurdles in the identification and validation of biomarkers for companion diagnostics. ACD’s RNAscope® platform provides a new way of localizing and measuring RNA in situ with exceptional levels of sensitivity, specificity, and the ability to multiplex. Turnaround time for a new assay is reduced to three weeks. These advantages make the technology a powerful tool to address the issue of patient and disease heterogeneity, thus shortening the path to personalized medicine.