VolitionRx Announces First CE Mark for NuQ(R) Blood Assay for Detection of Colorectal Cancer.
CE Mark Enables European Clinical Use/Sale in 33 Countries with nearly 600 million people
NAMUR, Belgium, Sept. 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- VolitionRx Limited (NYSE MKT: VNRX) today announced the Company's first CE Mark for its blood-based diagnostic assay, NuQ®X001S, for detection of colorectal cancer. The NuQ® test utilizes the Company's proprietary Nucleosomics® technology platform, which identifies and analyses fragments of chromosomes, called nucleosomes, circulating within the blood for the presence of epigenetic cancer signals.
The NuQ®X001S assay is the first to be CE Marked out of a suite of NuQ® assays developed by VolitionRx targeting different epigenetic modifications that indicate that cancer is present. The Company plans to offer a commercial test consisting of a panel of 4-6 individual ELISA assays; it is currently conducting ongoing clinical trials and following the CE compliance process on further assays in order to refine the make-up of the panel and produce the highest accuracy detection rates. VolitionRx anticipates launching its panel of CE Marked assays for clinical use in Europe during 2016.
This announcement follows the presentation earlier this month of interim data of a 4,800-subject trial, which demonstrated that VolitionRx's NuQ® blood tests detected 81% of colorectal cancers at 78% specificity equally well for both for early- and late-stage cancers, as well as 63% of potentially pre-cancerous adenomas and 67% of high-risk adenomas - the most likely to become cancerous.
Gaetan Michel, PhD, Chief Executive Officer of Belgian Volition SA, commented, "Our recent results showed that a panel test of 4 NuQ® assays successfully detected both early- and late-stage cancer well, which is critical for improving five-year survival rates. Achieving the first CE mark for our NuQ®X001S diagnostic assay demonstrates VolitionRx's clear commitment to deliver these first-class quality products to physicians and their patients. The CE Mark means that this NuQ® product is compliant with EU legislation and meets EU in-vitro diagnostic medical device requirements for clinical use in the European market. Due to the non-invasive, low-cost and patient friendly nature of NuQ® blood tests, we believe our technology has the potential to gain market acceptance and save lives in Europe and worldwide."
Cameron Reynolds, President and Chief Executive Officer of VolitionRx, added, "This is yet another very important milestone for the Company on our path to making our blood tests available to patients. We are now able to sell this assay clinically in the 28 member states of the European Union, as well as Switzerland, Turkey, Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein - an area with a total population of nearly 600 million people including over 150 million of screening age. We are currently in the process of CE marking other assays to finalise the panel for the anticipated European launch of our tests in 2016. We are proud of the thorough scientific and operational development of our NuQ® colorectal cancer tests and I would particularly like to thank our whole team who, through years of dedication and commitment, have made this key milestone possible. We also aim to continue to progress in 2016 towards our goal of making our assays available for clinical use in the U.S. and the rest of the world."
VolitionRx currently has several ongoing clinical trials assessing the effectiveness of its NuQ® assays. The full list includes:
- A 4,800 patient retrospective symptomatic population study (Hvidovre Hospital, University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
- A 14,000 patient prospective screening study (Hvidovre Hospital, University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
- A 250 patient prospective study (CHU-UCL Mont Godinne Hospital, Belgium)
Pre-cancerous colorectal adenomas
- A 800 patient retrospective study (Hvidovre Hospital, University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
27 most prevalent cancers
- A 4,200 patient prospective study that involves patients with the 27 most prevalent cancers (University Hospital, Bonn, Germany)
- A 600 patient prospective confirmatory study (University Hospital, Bonn, Germany)
- A retrospective study to establish the efficacy of VolitionRx's NuQ® tests to distinguish anaplastic prostate cancer, a particularly aggressive form of the disease, from typical castration resistant prostate cancer (CRPC), the less aggressive form (MD Anderson Cancer Center, Texas)
- A 120-patient prospective feasibility study (ImmuneHealth, Belgium)
- A 40-patient retrospective feasibility study (Singapore General Hospital, Singapore)
- A prospective study to assess VolitionRx's NuQ® tests for the diagnosis of endometriosis (the University of Oxford, United Kingdom)
VolitionRx has applied the CE Mark to its blood-based diagnostic assay, NuQ®X001S, in agreement with the IVD Directive 98/79/EC and the Company has notified the product to the Competent Authorities.
Animation showing how VolitionRx's NuQ® tests work. Credit: VolitionRx Ltd: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38dodCpyXf0
VolitionRx is a life sciences company focused on developing diagnostic tests for cancer and other conditions. 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.
VolitionRx's goal is to make the tests as common and simple to use, for both patients and doctors, as existing diabetic and cholesterol blood tests. VolitionRx's research and development activities are centered in the wholly owned subsidiary, Belgian Volition SA, as the company focuses on bringing its diagnostic products to market first in Europe, then in the U.S. and ultimately, worldwide.
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