The Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse invests $100.000 in RedPath Integrated Pathology for achieving improved diagnosis of disease

Pittsburgh 09 August 2006The Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse (PLSG), the private/public partnership putting the region's life sciences industry on a fast track for growth, has invested $100.000 in RedPath Integrated Pathology Inc. The company provides specialized cancer diagnostic testing that integrates traditional pathology practice with molecular genetic analysis to improve the diagnosis of disease.

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"RedPath's patented platform approach, PathFinderTG, has made tremendous advances in the diagnosis of cancer", stated Doros Platika, M.D., the President and Chief Executive Officer of the PLSG. "The company has struck the right balance between pathology, molecular analysis and the information sciences to successfully apply genomic advances in the clinical setting." Dr. Platika continued: "In two short years, RedPath has gained real traction in the marketplace as evidenced by an ever-increasing number of marquis clients and steady increases in revenues."

RedPath's PathFinderTG is effective at resolving uncertain diagnoses by answering important questions from pathologists and clinicians when standard testing is inconclusive. It has been clinically validated for use in a wide range of specialities, including cancers of the gastro-intestinal tract, pancreas, and brain, and it improves patient outcomes by reducing the potential for inappropriate, incomplete or unnecessary treatment.

"RedPath's role in changing tissue analysis from a static to dynamic process has earned us a position within that small but growing class of molecular-based companies that are pushing health care closer to personalized medicine", stated Mary Del Brady, RedPath's President and Chief Executive Officer. "With the kind of support we have gotten from the PLSG, we are even more confident that we will be able to achieve a series of key goals that will help us to maintain our leadership position."

The Technology Development Fund is a competitive funding programme designed to increase the commercialization potential of life science technologies developed by the region's scientists and entrepreneurs. The intent is to provide financial support to verify the technical and commercial feasibility of early stage inventions that will accelerate and increase the likelihood that the technology will be successfully commercialized through a regional start-up company. These funds can be used in conjunction with or to leverage other early sources of funding.

RedPath Integrated Pathology is a renowned pathology services company founded in 2004 and dedicated to facilitating superior disease diagnosis. It is one of the first commercial laboratories to integrate molecular DNA analysis with traditional pathology, providing early and definitive cancer diagnosis to pathologists, oncologists and clinicians where it would otherwise not exist.

The Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse is a public/private partnership, founded by the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, UPMC Health System, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and its regional foundation community. Together with private industry and advanced research and health care capabilities of its institutional partners, PLSG invests in and supports the growth of regional life sciences companies in the areas of bioinformatics; bionanotechnology; diagnostics; medical devices; medical robotics; therapeutics; and tools and services.


Leslie Versweyveld

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