Metabolon and Cardiff University Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics Forge Alliance to Propel Multiple Sclerosis Research

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Partnership will investigate the underlying disease mechanisms of multiple sclerosis (MS) with the potential of finding new relevant drug targets

MORRISVILLE, N.C., March 12, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Metabolon, Inc., the global leader in providing metabolomics solutions advancing a wide variety of life science research, diagnostic, therapeutic development, and precision medicine applications, today announced a partnership with Cardiff University Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics, a renowned institution at the forefront of biomedical research. This collaboration is poised to discover new biomarkers to accelerate advancements in the understanding and treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS).

MS is a neuroinflammatory disorder that affects the central nervous system, giving rise to a range of physical and neuropsychological challenges. Worldwide, more than 2.8 million people are living with the disease. Despite ongoing research, the precise causes of MS remain uncertain; however, it is widely accepted that a combination of genetic and environmental factors plays a role. This intricate interplay between genetic predisposition and environmental influences makes metabolomics an essential tool for studying how these factors contribute to and influence disease development.

For years, the Cardiff University Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics has been following MS patients and developing cutting-edge tools for clinicians and researchers. This collaboration will focus on profiling plasma and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) samples collected from patients with MS. The longitudinal aspect of this study enables the profiling of repeated samples from the same patient, facilitating the ability to define the temporal evolution of pathologies at the individual level, a critical aspect given the inherent heterogeneity of MS.

Additionally, this cohort includes patients with primary progressive MS, a rare form of MS characterized by continuous and progressive disease without periods of partial or complete recovery, and for which there are limited approved therapies.  A subset of patients has also been genotyped, allowing for multi-omic integration to provide a holistic understanding of the molecular underpinnings of MS, potentially unlocking new avenues for therapeutic interventions.

“Predictive biomarkers are needed to inform more personalised care for people with multiple sclerosis. This collaboration will provide detailed metabolomic profiles on a large, longitudinal cohort for whom we already have other multi-dimensional data. This represents an exciting opportunity to improve predictive models and thereby aim for more accurate predictions of outcome for people with MS,” said Dr Emma Tallantyre, a Clinical Reader at Cardiff University.

“Currently, there is no cure for MS, only disease-modifying therapies that can slow disease progression,” said Dr Karl Bradshaw, Chief Business Officer at Metabolon. “By leveraging Cardiff’s extensive research and our decades of expertise in generating the highest quality and most accurate metabolomics data on the market, we aim to redefine our understanding of multiple sclerosis to make a profound impact on the lives of those affected by this devastating disease.”

To learn more about Metabolon’s research and development efforts in neurodegeneration diseases, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and MS, visit

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Metabolon, Inc. is the global leader in metabolomics, with a mission to deliver biochemical data and insights that expand and accelerate the impact of life sciences research and complement other ‘omics’ technologies. With more than 20 years, 10,000+ projects, 3,000+ publications, and ISO 9001:2015, CLIA, and CAP certifications, Metabolon has developed industry-leading scientific, technology, and bioinformatics techniques.  Metabolon’s Global Discovery Panel is enabled by the world’s largest proprietary metabolomics reference library.  Metabolon’s industry-leading data and translational science expertise help customers and partners address some of the most challenging and pressing questions in the life sciences, accelerating research and enhancing development success.  The company offers scalable, customizable multiomics solutions, including metabolomics and lipidomics supporting customer needs from discovery through clinical trials and product life-cycle management.  For more information, please visit and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.



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