Healthcare Industry News: Agendia
News Release - December 17, 2009
FDA Broadens Clearance for Agendia's MammaPrint(R)HUNTINGTON BEACH, California and AMSTERDAM, December 17 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Agendia, a world leader in molecular cancer diagnostics, announced today that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared its MammaPrint breast cancer recurrence test for all ages. MammaPrint is the only FDA-cleared breast cancer recurrence test available to patients and physicians. Over the past three years, the FDA has issued four clearances for MammaPrint, covering all aspects of this important service.
"This FDA clearance, along with our recently obtained CMS coverage for all stage I and II breast cancer patients, including patients with up to three positive lymph nodes, will facilitate our discussions with healthcare providers about patients' eligibility criteria for MammaPrint," said Dr. Bernhard Sixt, Agendia's Chief Executive Officer.
"This new clearance confirms the opinion of the international medical community that MammaPrint carries clinical utility and is safe and effective in breast cancer patients of all ages," said Dr. Richard Bender, Chief Medical Officer of Agendia. "Seeking clearance for all ages further demonstrates Agendia's commitment to provide patients and physicians with high quality FDA-cleared tests to help guide vital treatment decisions." In Europe, MammaPrint has been approved for all ages since 2004.
MammaPrint is the first and only breast cancer recurrence test cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).FDA clearance under the in vitro diagnostic multivariate index assay (IVDMIA) guidelines requires clinical and analytical validation and reporting systems to ensure patient safety issues are addressed. Highly accurate, MammaPrint 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.
All MammaPrint tests are conducted in Agendia's CLIA-accredited service laboratory. Breast cancer recurrence assays currently marketed by other manufacturers have not been subject to the rigorous FDA clearance process.
Agendia is at the forefront of the personalized medicine revolution, striving to bring more effective, individualized treatments within reach of patients. Building on a cutting-edge genomics platform for tumor gene expression profiling, the company's tests help physicians more accurately tailor cancer treatments. Agendia markets four products, with several new genomic tests under development. In addition, Agendia collaborates with pharmaceutical companies to develop highly effective personalized drugs in the area of oncology. Agendia is based in Huntington Beach, California, and in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
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