ThyGeNEXT and ThyraMIR Collaboration Extended for Another Two Years
PARSIPPANY, NJ, Feb. 24, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Interpace Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: IDXG) announced today that its agreement with LabCorp® (NYSE: LH) has been extended for an additional two years, through January 2022. Interpace and LabCorp initially entered in to their collaboration in 2016 through which LabCorp became the first national laboratory in the U.S. to offer electronic ordering and result reporting for Interpace’s proprietary ThyGeNEXT® and ThyraMIR® tests for thyroid cancer.
In 2018, the parties expanded their agreement to support single-source ordering of both an initial thyroid biopsy analysis to be performed by LabCorp, through its Dianon Pathology specialty laboratory, and an automatic reflex to Interpace to perform its tests should the biopsy result be indeterminate. This single-source ordering provides physicians and patients with greater diagnostic clarity and reduced turnaround in determining if there is a diagnosis of cancer.
Terms of the agreement extension were not disclosed.
According to Jack Stover, Interpace’s CEO, “We are pleased to extend this relationship with LabCorp, one of our largest and most prestigious customers. Our collaboration has received a positive response from customers, and it is helping to improve patient care by providing clinicians with more specific diagnostic information.”
About Thyroid Nodules, ThyGeNEXT® and ThyraMIR® Testing
According to the American Thyroid Association, approximately 20% of the 525,000 thyroid fine needle aspirations (FNAs) performed on an annual basis in the U.S. are indeterminate for malignancy based on standard cytological evaluation, and thus are candidates for ThyGeNEXT® and ThyraMIR®.
ThyGeNEXT® and ThyraMIR® reflex testing yields high predictive value in determining the presence and absence of cancer in thyroid nodules. The combination of both tests can improve risk stratification and surgical decision-making when standard cytopathology does not provide a clear diagnosis for the presence of cancer.
ThyGeNEXT® utilizes state-of-the-art next-generation sequencing (NGS) to identify more than 100 genetic alterations associated with papillary and follicular thyroid carcinomas, the two most common forms of thyroid cancer. ThyraMIR® is the first microRNA gene expression classifier. MicroRNAs are small, non-coding RNAs that bind to messenger RNA and regulate expression of genes involved in human cancers, including every subtype of thyroid cancer. ThyraMIR® measures the expression of 10 microRNAs. Both ThyGeNEXT® and ThyraMIR® are covered by both Medicare and Commercial insurers, with more than 280 million patients covered.
About Interpace Biosciences
Interspace Biosciences is a leader in enabling personalized medicine, offering specialized services along the therapeutic value chain from early diagnosis and prognostic planning to targeted therapeutic applications.
Interpace Diagnostics is a fully integrated commercial and bioinformatics business unit that provides clinically useful molecular diagnostic tests, bioinformatics and pathology services for evaluating risk of cancer by leveraging the latest technology in personalized medicine for improved patient diagnosis and management. Interpace has four commercialized molecular tests and one test in a clinical evaluation process (CEP): PancraGEN® for the diagnosis and prognosis of pancreatic cancer from pancreatic cysts; ThyGeNEXT® for the diagnosis of thyroid cancer from thyroid nodules utilizing a next generation sequencing assay; ThyraMIR® for the diagnosis of thyroid cancer from thyroid nodules utilizing a proprietary gene expression assay; and RespriDX® that differentiates lung cancer of primary vs. metastatic origin. In addition, BarreGEN® for Barrett’s Esophagus, is currently in a clinical evaluation program whereby we gather information from physicians using BarreGEN® to assist us in positioning the product for full launch, partnering and potentially supporting reimbursement with payers.
Interpace Pharma Solutions provides pharmacogenomics testing, genotyping, biorepository and other customized services to the pharmaceutical and biotech industries while also advancing personalized medicine by partnering with pharmaceutical, academic, and technology leaders to effectively integrate pharmacogenomics into their drug development and clinical trial programs with the goals of delivering safer, more effective drugs to market more quickly, and improving patient care.
For more information, please visit Interpace Biosciences’ website at www.interpace.com.
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