Cancer Genetics, Inc. Hereditary Breast & Ovarian Cancer Panel Selected by Global Biopharma to Power 1,000+ Patient Clinical Study

Published on: Thursday, February 16th, 2017 View all Media

  • Revenue from the study will begin immediately, and the Company expects it to continue through 2018
  • The hereditary breast and ovarian panel, Focus::HERSite™, will also be offered for select international markets immediately

RUTHERFORD, N.J., Feb. 16, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Cancer Genetics, Inc. (Nasdaq: CGIX) (“CGI” or “The Company”), a leader in precision diagnostics for oncology, announced today that its hereditary cancer panel, Focus::HERSite™, for breast and ovarian cancer, has been selected by a global pharmaceutical company for a 1,000+ patient clinical study. The study will determine how inherited mutations associated with cancer will impact therapy response and cancer progression in breast cancer. This multi-year, multi-region study is expected to improve patient stratification, management, and outcomes in breast cancer.

The Company’s panel for hereditary cancer, Focus::HERSite™, analyzes the 16 most common genes associated with breast and ovarian cancers and provides comprehensive whole gene coverage of BRCA1 and BRCA2. Pharmaceutical and biotech companies are putting resources towards determining how inherited or germline mutations can be used to predict therapy response, manage overall risk, and stratify patients. Improved and earlier genomic insight about which patients might relapse or respond to a drug can have significant impact on therapy choice, increase response rates in clinical trials, and improve cancer outcomes.

“The use of inherited genomic information is critical to fully assess overall patient risk and improve durability of therapeutic response for both clinical care and therapeutic trials,” said Panna Sharma, CEO and President of Cancer Genetics. Mr. Sharma continued, “Our market share and revenue will continue to expand as comprehensive genomic information from both the inherited genome and the tumor genome become mainstream in decision making — this broader trend is a major validation of our comprehensive bench to bedside strategy, which we believe is the key to enable precision medicine in oncology.”

“Cancer Genetics is uniquely positioned to provide its Focus::HERSite™ cancer panel to large biopharma companies, community hospitals and clinics, as it now works with 8 of the top 10 biopharma companies in the world as well as hundreds of locally based healthcare providers. By partnering with community based genetic counselors at cancer centers, hospitals, and integrated health networks to identify women predisposed to breast and ovarian cancer, we are fulfilling our mission to become a leader in enabling precision medicine for oncology,” said Mr. Sharma.

“Our Focus::HERSite™ platform will become a significant revenue driver as demand for our tests increase from our biopharma clients and the hundreds of hospitals and clinics in our client network including many from international markets,” Mr. Sharma added.

It is estimated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that over half of women with BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations will develop breast cancer by the age of 70, and approximately 30% will develop ovarian cancer by the age of 70.[1] CGI helps physicians diagnose patients earlier and more accurately and determine more precise therapeutic options by managing cancer risk through the utilization of rigorously validated hereditary cancer tests, like Focus::HERSite™. CGI believes that biotech and pharmaceutical companies will increasingly look to determine and utilize inherited cancer mutation status to stratify and monitor patients and determine treatment options.

 

[1] Source: www.knowbrca.org and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — http://www.cdc.gov/features/hereditarycancer


ABOUT CANCER GENETICS
Cancer Genetics Inc. is a leader in enabling precision medicine in oncology from bench to bedside through the use of oncology biomarkers and molecular testing. CGI is developing a global footprint with locations in the US, India and China. We have established strong clinical research collaborations with major cancer centers such as Memorial Sloan Kettering, The Cleveland Clinic, Mayo Clinic, Keck School of Medicine at USC and the National Cancer Institute.

The Company offers a comprehensive range of laboratory services that provide critical genomic and biomarker information. Its state-of-the-art reference labs are CLIA-certified and CAP-accredited in the US and have licensure from several states including New York State.

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