Health Canada Approves the Use of Aptima HPV 16 18/45 Genotype Assay on Hologic's Panther System

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The addition of the Hologic Aptima HPV 16 18/45 genotype assay completes the HPV portfolio on the popular and fully automated laboratory system

BEDFORD, Mass. , Feb. 4, 2014 /CNW/ - Hologic, Inc. (Hologic or the Company), a leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of premium diagnostic products, medical imaging systems and surgical products, with an emphasis on serving the healthcare needs of women, announced today Health Canada approved the Aptima HPV 16 18/45 genotype assay for use on the Company's fully automated Panther system. Hologic's Aptima HPV 16 18/45 genotype assay is the only approved test for genotyping human papillomavirus (HPV) types 16, 18 and/or 45 in Canada .

"Our ability to add the Aptima HPV 16 18/45 genotype assay to the Panther menu further extends the capability of low- to high-volume laboratories throughout Canada to run multiple tests from a single specimen," said Rohan Hastie , Ph.D., Hologic's Group Senior Vice President and General Manager, Diagnostics. "Created to be a 'sample-in-result-out' random access instrument, Panther is designed to eliminate batch processing and automate virtually all aspects of nucleic acid testing on a single, integrated platform."

Recent data suggests that although cervical cancer incidence has decreased since the 1970s, the prevalence of adenocarcinoma cases has risen approximately 32 percent in the same time frame.1 Detection of HPV types 16, 18 and/or 45 as part of reflex testing may help clinicians identify up to 94 percent of all cervical adenocarcinomas.2

Although HPV genotype 45 is fairly uncommon, identified in only 0.4 percent of women with normal cytology, it is the third most common HPV genotype associated with invasive cancer. The addition of HPV genotype 45 is designed to help identify more women at risk for adenocarcinoma, with minimal impact to colposcopy rates. Studies have shown that HPV types 16, 18 and 45 are more likely to be integrated into the human genome than are the other HPV types, and tumors with these genotypes may present earlier.3

The Aptima HPV 16 18/45 genotype assay is performed using Hologic's ThinPrep liquid cytology platform and is intended to test specimens from women with Aptima HPV assay positive results. Health Canada has approved the test for two uses:

1. In patients 21 years and older with atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance (ASC-US) cervical cytology results, the Aptima HPV 16 18/45 genotype assay can be used to test samples from women with Aptima HPV assay positive results to assess the presence or absence of high-risk HPV genotypes 16, 18 and/or 45. This information, together with the physician's assessment of cytology history, other risk factors, and professional guidelines, may be used to guide patient management. The results of this test are not intended to prevent women from proceeding to colposcopy.

2. In patients 30 years and older, the Aptima HPV 16 18/45 genotype assay can be used to test samples from women with Aptima HPV assay positive results. The assay results will be used in combination with cervical cytology to assess the presence or absence of high-risk HPV genotypes 16, 18 and/or 45. This information, together with the physician's assessment of cytology history, other risk factors, and professional guidelines, may be used to guide patient management.

The Aptima HPV 16 18/45 genotype assay was CE marked in December 2011 and received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval on Hologic's high-throughput Tigris system in October 2012 and its fully automated Panther system in November 2013 .

For more information about Hologic's molecular diagnostic technology, please visit www.hologic.com or www.gen-probe.com.

About Hologic, Inc.:

Hologic, Inc. is a leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of premium diagnostic products, medical imaging systems and surgical products, with an emphasis on serving the healthcare needs of women. The Company operates four core business units focused on breast health, diagnostics, GYN surgical and skeletal health. With a comprehensive suite of technologies and a robust research and development program, Hologic is committed to improving lives. The Company is headquartered in Massachusetts .

Hologic, Aptima, Panther, ThinPrep, Tigris and associated logos are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Hologic, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries in the United States and/or other countries.

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  1. Saslow D, et al. J Low Genit Tract Dis 2012;16(3):175-204.
  2. de Sanjose S, et al. Lancet Oncol 2010; 11(11): 1045-56.
  3. Ibid.

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