Companion Diagnostics

Parallel development of a companion diagnostic with a novel therapeutic is challenging — but the value of proving your treatment’s efficacy with targeted tests or biomarkers has never been greater. Precision medicine demands patient stratification – identifying target patients who are more likely to benefit from therapy; companion diagnostics also enable reduced development time and Rx development costs, can result in more favorable reimbursement and can illustrate comparative effectiveness.

A new option — called a complementary diagnostic — provides additional information about how a drug might be used, but is distinct from companion diagnostics. We supported the development of the first two FDA-approved complementary diagnostics, and can help you weigh your strategic options.

Your therapeutics and companion diagnostics — in perfect harmony.

Covance is uniquely equipped to support your development of a personalized medicine with proven pathways to success.

  • Choose your pathway with an in vitro diagnostic (IVD) or laboratory developed test (LDT)

  • Access diverse biomarker expertise from development to validation

  • Receive informed regulatory guidance along with a market access strategy

    A balance of breadth and depth. Relevant experience across therapeutic areas and platforms

    Unrelenting consistency. The result of globally uniform clinical trial testing

    Unique insights. Informed regulatory guidance and support

    Commercialization solutions. A partner that can help you develop and implement your CDx market access strategy and launch

    A balance of breadth and depth. Relevant experience across therapeutic areas and platforms

    Unrelenting consistency. The result of globally uniform clinical trial testing

    Unique insights. Informed regulatory guidance and support

    Commercialization solutions. A partner that can help you develop and implement your CDx market access strategy and launch

Together, Covance and LabCorp have the tools and the track record to successfully develop and commercialize your companion diagnostics.

Covance and LabCorp have supported more than 75% of all FDA-approved companion and complementary diagnostic assays.
Your Needs

Your therapeutic needs a companion; you need a resourceful partner.

A companion diagnostic (CDx) can transform the promise of personalized medicine into reality. Backed by our team of medical and scientific subject matter experts across all therapeutic areas, you’ll harmonize your Rx and Dx development objectives. Together, in tandem with your therapeutic approval, we’ll help your CDx reach the market—faster.

The power of choice: in vitro testing or laboratory developed test.

Your best path to companion diagnostics commercialization may not involve a traditionally distributed in vitro diagnostic (IVD) kit. Projects involving orphan drugs, compressed timelines or operational complexities may thrive with an FDA-approved, laboratory-based assay. You’ll minimize upfront investment and mitigate potential risks associated with a widely distributed IVD kit. As your partner, we’ll develop and validate your test, lead the regulatory submission and offer immediate global access to get your test to market quickly. 

Whether pursuing a laboratory developed test (LDT) or an IVD, you need expert guidance to unite your companion diagnostic and therapeutic development and extract the most value from your trials. With more than 25 years of clinical trial experience and 80+ diagnostics delivered to market, we possess the technical arsenal, strategic agility and scientific insights that can help you determine the best approach to commercialization.

Global reach and consistency—driving your companion diagnostic validation.

The targeted nature of companion diagnostic development requires assays to be designed and validated across a spectrum of patient populations. You can capitalize on our global coverage, distribution networks and standardization efficiencies within our harmonized central labs. And, with high-caliber investigator sites worldwide, you get quality, combinable data every time.

Our Capabilities

Your possibilities. Our companion diagnostics solutions.

More than a checklist of relevant capabilities, our companion diagnostics services work in concert to support and accelerate all aspects of your co-development efforts. There is no substitute for experience: we have supported 19 of the ~25 FDA-cleared or approved companion diagnostic devices—including those for HER-2, KRAS, EGFR, BRAF and ALK. Unify your CDx pursuits with a single strategic partner, including:

  • Biomarker identification and development
  • Assay feasibility, proof of concept and validation
  • Global clinical trial testing
  • Partnership for device manufacturing and commercialization
  • Premarket Approval (PMA) application development and submission
  • Market access strategies, launch support and commercialization guidance
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With experience that spans companion diagnostics and complementary diagnostics for oncology and immuno-oncology, CNS, infectious disease and inflammation, we can offer scientifically adept and focused expertise to drive your CDx success.