<P>&nbsp;</P> <P align=justify>Initiated in 2006 with the support of the French government&nbsp; (The Industrial Innovation Agency – AII – now part of Os&#233;o) <STRONG>the ADNA program (Advanced diagnostics for new therapeutic approaches), federated and coordinated by Institut M&#233;rieux, intends to contribute to the development of more personalized medicine by providing healthcare players with innovative products and services</STRONG> in infectious diseases (bioM&#233;rieux), cancer (Transgene), rare genetic diseases (G&#233;n&#233;thon) and immunomonitoring (G&#233;noSafe).</P> <P align=justify><BR>The primary innovation of the ADNA program is based on the identification and development of biological markers.</P> <P align=justify><BR><STRONG>This program represents a budget of 76 M&#8364; in 2013 and involved 250 employees whose 72 have been created end of 2012.</STRONG></P> <P align=justify><BR>The ADNA program also <STRONG>brings together &#8220;technological&#8221; skills from Rhone-Alpes region and involves partner</STRONG>s such as: CEA (Commissariat &#224; l&#8217;Energie Atomique), CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique), HCL (Hospices Civils de Lyon), STMicroelectronics and UCBL (University Claude Bernard, Lyon).</P> <P align=justify><BR><STRONG>Significant progress has been made</STRONG> in particularly in Infectious diseases with research on the susceptibility&nbsp; to infections and septic shock (bioM&#233;rieux), cancer diagnostic and prognostic (bioM&#233;rieux and Transgene), and rare genetic diseases such as Duchenne&#8217;s myopathy (G&#233;n&#233;thon). </P> <P align=justify><BR>As of today, Transgene develops a therapeutic vaccine against lung cancer associated to two companion diagnostic tests and G&#233;n&#233;thon develops a gene therapy treatment against DMD (Duchenne&#8217;s myopathy). Both companies are nearly to start a clinical development.</P> <P align=justify>&nbsp;</P> <P align=justify>Source: <A title="" href="http://www.institut-merieux.com/uk/index.php" target=_blank>Institut M&#233;rieux</A><A href="http://www.institut-merieux.com/uk/index.php"></A></P> <P align=justify><BR>&nbsp;</P>