Biotech Breakthroughs Brings Powerful Cancer Testing and Drugs to Market

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NEW YORK, Feb. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- New trial confirms MetaSite Breast test's ability to predict breast cancer metastasis. MetaSite Breast would allow doctors and patients to customize breast cancer treatment based on the cancer's probability of metastasizing.

Life sciences company MetaStat, Inc. (MTST) recently completed a trial of its MetaSite Breast test that confirmed the test's ability to accurately predict whether breast cancer would metastasize. The confirmation paves the way for MetaStat to bring the test to market in 2015. The company predicts that the test could be used to design more customized treatment for 100 percent of the 232,000 newly diagnosed breast cancer patients every year. That represents a $580 million market opportunity for MetaSite Breast test.

The most recent trial followed 481 women who had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Researchers from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and of Yeshiva College and Weill Cornell Medical College used the MetaSite Breast test on each of the 481 women. They found that there was a significant correlation between the tests' predictions and the women whose cancer did metastasize.

MetaSite Breast test is just one of MetaStat's products aimed at identifying cancerous tumors with the potential to metastasize. MenaCalc is a diagnostic test that predicts metastasis based on the amount of Mena protein isoforms that exist in a cancerous tumor sample. That test is scheduled for release between 2015 and 2018 and could be used to predict metastasization in patients with breast, lung, prostate, and colorectal cancer.

MetaStat is one of a handful of biotech companies that are making exciting advances in the world of testing and treating cancer and other deadly diseases. Oxygen Biotherapeutics, Inc. (OXBT) was recently granted Fast Track status by the Food and Drug Administration for its drug levosimendan, which will reduce moridity in patients who have undergone cardiac surgery. A recent test showed that the drug does successfully provide renal benefits for those undergoing mitral valve surgery.

Provectus Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (PVCT) is also producing several therapies that are designed to destroy melanoma, lung, and breast cancers while also reducing dangerous side effects. Provectus has completed a Phase One trial of its breast cancer treatment. It's also underway on a Phase One trial of its liver cancer treatment and a Phase Two trial of its treatment for recurrent melanoma.

Actinium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (ATNM) has two drugs in testing that are designed to treat blood borne cancers. Both drugs have been tested on approximately 300 patients in Phase I and Phase II Trials. The company plans to move the drugs into clinical trials in the next 12 to 18 months.

The vast size of the recurrent and metastatic cancer market combined with the inefficiencies of current tests and treatments makes it an enviable area for biotech companies to target. Led by MetaStat, the industry is on a trajectory to develop immensely profitable products and provide effective, innovative tests and treatments to patients.

These four companies present exciting investment opportunities. Check out our free industry report on MTST, OXBT, PVCT, and ATNM to learn about the products in their pipeline and their massive market potential here. copy and paste may be required


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