Merck Serono Announces the Creation of Quartz Bio
Merck Serono, a division of Merck, Darmstadt, Germany, announced today the creation of Quartz Bio, the second spin-off company resulting from its Entrepreneur Partnership Program launched in April 2012.
Quartz Bio will offer biomarker data management and exploratory biomarker analysis services for the pharmaceutical industry. Biomarker analysis is a critical step in the drug development process as it enables the identification of patient profiles that are most responsive to a given treatment.
Quartz Bio will be headed by Jérôme Wojcik, a seasoned expert in bioinformatics, and will employ four highly specialized scientists with in-depth understanding of biology and bioinformatics as well as extensive experience in drug-development processes. The company will be hosted in the Blue Box offices of Fongit, a start-up accelerator located in Plan-les-Ouates, Geneva, and supported by the Geneva authorities. Merck Serono intends to use the services provided by Quartz Bio and is planning work orders amounting to around € 2 million for the next two or three years.