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The Lancet Oncology

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Dutch Diagnostic Company to Play Pivotal Role in ISPY-2 Trial for Breast Cancer

Agendia, a Netherlands genomics cancer diagnostics company and a world leader in molecular cancer diagnostics focused on the personalized treatment of breach cancer patients, will play a major role in the I-SPY 2 TRIAL for breast cancer. The trial is set to launch at the first of nearly twenty research sites.

I-SPY 2 is an exciting and groundbreaking new clinical trial model that will help scientists quickly and efficiently test the most promising drugs in development for women with higher risk, rapidly growing breast cancers-women for whom an improvement over standard treatment could dramatically change the odds of survival. I-SPY is an initiative of The Biomarkers Consortium, a unique public-private partnership that includes the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and major pharmaceutical companies, led by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH).

"Cancer tumor profiling in the neoadjuvant setting is critical to the success of the I-SPY 2 trial. Agendia is uniquely positioned to be a part of the Biomarker Consortium in this landmark study, and proud to be working side by side with a large number of visionary therapeutic companies and research centers," said Bernhard Sixt, Chief Executive Officer of Agendia. "Agendia's MammaPrint has proven value for breast cancer recurrence in the neoadjuvant and adjuvant settings, Agendia's TargetPrint provides objective, quantitative information about the expression of ER, PR and Her-2neu, while our DiscoverPrint measures the expression of the whole genome. In concert they will form an integral part of the clinically relevant discoveries the Consortium aims to make."

MammaPrint, the first and only highly accurate breast cancer recurrence test cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration under the in vitro diagnostic multivariate index assay (IVDMIA) guidelines, identifies patients with early metastasis risk - patients who are likely to develop metastases within five years following surgery. Several authoritative studies have shown that chemotherapy particularly reduces early metastasis risk. In planning treatment, the MammaPrint test results provide doctors with a clear rationale to assess the benefit of chemotherapy in addition to other clinical information and pathology tests.

Scientists from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), FDA, and nearly 20 major cancer research centers across the United States have united to develop and conduct this unprecedented large-scale scientific collaboration to test novel breast cancer drugs in the neoadjuvant clinical trial setting. Results will be made broadly available to the cancer research and development community in order to foster this integrated approach to improve clinical trial success and the efficacy of cancer therapeutics.

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