Integrated Diagnostics, a molecular diagnostics company, has announced its launch of a new operating division, InDi Imaging. The division is creating a new generation of PET imaging probes using the company's innovative protein catalyzed capture (PCC) agent technology. PCCs, initially developed for molecular IVDs, will be employed as rationally designed, in vivo diagnostic imaging probes that mimic the properties of antibodies and biologics in PET molecular imaging, with the benefit of being chemically stable, synthetic small molecules.
Concurrently, the company announced that it has appointed Norman Hardman, PhD the president of InDi Imaging. It also announced that Michael Phelps, PhD, Norton Simon Professor, chairman of the UCLA Department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology, and the inventor of PET, has been appointed to InDi Imaging as an advisor.
Integrated Diagnostics' other division, InDi Dx, will continue to focus on in vitro diagnostic medicine. Its first diagnostic test, a blood-based protein test for the detection of lung cancer in patients with intermediate-size pulmonary nodules, is scheduled for commercial launch in the first half of 2013.