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Proteomics and Biomarkers are Key to Better Medical Treatments

Feb 27, 2023 by IDEX Health & Science

Proteomics and Biomarkers

Through a proteomics approach, researchers can identify more proteins and how they influence and cause diseases—providing a more holistic view to detect and treat diseases and yielding exciting developments in treating patients more effectively.

The Role Proteomics Plays with Biomarkers

A biomarker is a biological molecule found in blood, body fluids, or tissues that is a sign of a normal or abnormal process, or of a condition or disease. Biomarkers are used to design and develop more effective therapeutics—the treatment of a particular disease.

With Proteomics, researchers can have access to more biomarkers and discover key biomarkers that relate to diseases. Biomarkers are critical in cancer research because each person's cancer has a unique pattern of biomarkers, and some biomarkers affect how cancer treatments work making it difficult to find the right treatment. Biomarker testing with Proteomics can help doctors choose a treatment that is more effective for an individual patient.

Proteomics and Biomarkers at Work in Medical Research:

  • Proteomics can help discover key biomarkers that indicate tumor progression in cancer patients.
  • Researchers can use these biomarker insights to develop drug therapy treatments to alleviate or treat diseases more effectively.
  • Proteomics can also facilitate drug development by providing a comprehensive map of protein interactions associated with disease pathways.
  • Proteomics can help doctors find individual treatment plans for patients with certain diseases, such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, and neurological disorders.

Cancer researchers have already attempted to use proteomics for diagnostic and prognostic purposes. These efforts led to new diagnostics that will provide a new method of diagnosis and disease identification for ovarian cancer.

Three Main Techniques of Proteomics in Medical Research:

  • Liquid Chromatography: A technique used to separate a sample into its individual parts.
  • Mass Spectrometry: An analytical technique that is used to measure the mass-to-charge ratio of ions.
  • Bioinformatics: An interdisciplinary field that develops methods and software tools for understanding large sets of biological data.

IDEX Health & Science can develop fluidic instruments for OEMs that can be used in Proteomic research for Liquid Chromatography, Mass Spectrometry, Flow Cytometry, Spatial Biology, and Multiplexing.

The time to partner with IDEX Health & Science on your Proteomics plan is now. The possibilities are limitless, and the investment will help improve lives for generations to come.

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