Roche announced that it has expanded its collaboration with Janssen Biotech Inc. to create companion diagnostics for targeted therapies, further strengthening research and innovation activities.

The new, expanded agreement broadens opportunities for Roche and Janssen to collaborate in the precision medicine field with multiple companion diagnostics technologies, including immunohistochemistry (IHC), digital pathology, next generation sequencing, polymerase chain reaction, and immunoassays.

“This is a great example of how Roche is spearheading the next generation of healthcare by working with industry leaders around the globe,” says Jill German, head of Pathology Lab at Roche Diagnostics. “Through collaboration, we aim to help advance personalised healthcare by developing tests that make more targeted therapies available to the patients who need them.”

Examples of projects that may develop as a result of this collaboration include exploring data and tissue image analysis and the development of a new IHC assay to support patient identification and enrollment for personalized treatment, the company says.

Roche is focused on finding new medicines and diagnostics and utilizing data-based insights to evolve the practice of medicine and help improve patient well-being.

Recently, Roche also announced a collaboration agreement with Jana Care, an early stage at-home in vitro diagnostics company, for its digitally connected, blood testing platform to enable patients to self-administer critical blood tests at-home and clinicians to review the test results remotely.