To aid the detection and evaluation of diseases associated with NETosis
AUSTIN, Texas, May 31, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- VolitionRx Limited (NYSE AMERICAN: VNRX) (“Volition”), a multi-national epigenetics company, has announced that its Nu.Q® NETs test has been CE marked for the detection and evaluation of NETosis, enabling clinical use in more than 27 countries across Europe.
NETosis is a unique form of cell death that is characterized by the release of neutrophil extracellular traps (“NETs”), composed of decondensed chromatin, that trap and kill bacteria and viral particles. Although NETs play an important role in our immune system, excessive production can lead to tissue damage and, in severe cases, sepsis, shock, and death.
Through routine blood tests, Volition’s simple, low cost, accessible technology can detect NETosis, predict disease severity, and monitor its progression and response to treatment.
Nu.Q® NETs is the first biomarker approved to measure NETs for patient management. Its broad intended use as a diagnostic tool to aid the detection and evaluation of diseases associated with NETosis offers a substantial commercial opportunity, with Volition's estimated Total Addressable Market in Europe, for sepsis alone, amounting to almost $6.5 billion on an annualized basis.
Jake Micallef, Chief Scientific Officer at Volition explained: “NETosis has become a huge focus for medics in recent years, given elevated levels of NETs are associated with poor patient outcomes in a range of diseases, such as COVID-19, but also including sepsis and cancer. As NETs contain nucleosomes, we believe that our Nu.Q® NETs test is a groundbreaking diagnostic solution for the detection and monitoring of NETosis. With CE marking, it can now be used within European clinical settings to identify patients with a high level of NETs and allow physicians to rapidly triage these patients, then monitor their disease progression and response to treatment.”
Gael Forterre, Chief Commercial Officer at Volition added: “The role of NETs in the progression of acute, chronic, and debilitating conditions cannot be understated. As the only analytically validated test for NETs, we believe that there is enormous potential for Nu.Q® NETs to support clinical decision-making, enabling physicians to act quickly, and improve patient outcomes. We expect this to be a significant commercial opportunity for Volition.
“Achieving CE marking is a critical regulatory milestone for us. Nu.Q® NETs is now registered for use in Europe in both ELISA (enzyme-linked immunoassay) and automated ChLIA (ChemiLuminescence ImmunoAssay) formats. We are now gearing up for commercialization and expect to drive sales from the first half of 2023.”
Volition is developing simple, easy-to-use, cost-effective blood tests to help diagnose and monitor a range of life-altering diseases including cancer in both humans and animals. For more information about Volition’s Nu.Q® technology go to: www.volition.com
Volition is a multi-national epigenetics company that applies its Nucleosomics™ platform through its subsidiaries to develop simple, easy to use, cost effective blood tests to help diagnose and monitor a range of life-altering diseases including some cancers and diseases associated with NETosis such as sepsis and COVID-19. Early diagnosis and monitoring have the potential to not only prolong the life of patients but also improve their quality of life. The tests are based on the science of Nucleosomics™, which is the practice of identifying and measuring nucleosomes in the bloodstream or other bodily fluid - an indication that disease is present. Volition is primarily focused on human diagnostics and monitoring but also has a subsidiary focused on animal diagnostics and monitoring.
Volition's research and development activities are centered in Belgium, with an innovation laboratory in California and additional offices in Texas, London, and Singapore, as the company focuses on bringing its diagnostic and disease monitoring products to market.
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Released May 31, 2022