Expands intellectual property to 27 issued patents globally for highly sensitive methods of detecting cancer biomarkers in circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) and on circulating tumor cells (CTCs)
SAN DIEGO, July 31, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Biocept, Inc. (BIOC), a leading commercial provider of liquid biopsy tests designed to provide physicians with clinically actionable information to improve the outcomes of patients diagnosed with cancer, announces that it has been granted European Patent No. 2,705,162, entitled METHODS FOR DETECTING NUCLEIC ACID SEQUENCE VARIANTS. The patent provides intellectual property protection in seven European countries and is core to Biocept's Target Selector™ assays for ctDNA analysis using real-time PCR, Sanger sequencing and next-generation sequencing (NGS).
"The issuance of this patent further expands a series of worldwide patents protecting our proprietary, highly sensitive ctDNA platform technology into several key European countries, which we believe could be important markets for our liquid biopsy tests," said Lyle Arnold, Ph.D., Biocept's Chief Scientific Officer. "Our patents related to ultra-sensitive mutation detection, ctDNA analysis and CTC capture, combined with those for our blood transport tubes provide significant international coverage protecting all three of our core liquid biopsy technology platforms."
The recently granted European patent encompasses Biocept's proprietary "switch-blocker" technology, which enriches patient specimens for oncogene mutations of interest, resulting in ultra-high sensitivity and specificity for the detection of cancer-associated alterations. The switch-blocker technology is designed to improve detection rates for rare cancer associated biomarkers in patients diagnosed with cancer, allowing physicians to make informed decisions for therapy selection and to monitor treatment response, progression or recurrence over time.
"Obtaining this patent provides additional intellectual property protection for the unique and novel features of our Target Selector™ liquid biopsy platform used for ctDNA analysis," stated Michael Nall, Biocept's President and CEO. "We now have 27 issued patents globally that cover our core technologies and support our initiative to expand our business into key markets around the world."
About Biocept's ctDNA Target Selector™ Technology
The "switch-blocker" technology covered by European Patent No. 2,705,162 further expands on U.S. Patent No. 9,834,817, Chinese Patent No. ZL201280032293.0 and Australian Patent No. 2012250516, that are applicable to a broad range of molecular genomic platforms, including real-time PCR, digital PCR, Sanger sequencing, NGS, arrays, mass-spec, and capillary detection systems. The switch-blocker technology allows normal (wild-type) nucleic acid material such as normal DNA to be significantly blocked from amplification, while allowing genetic alterations associated with cancer to be amplified. This method increases the detection sensitivity of genetic alterations such as cancer mutations in low abundance, as the "noise" associated with normal genetic sequences is significantly reduced. Biocept's switch-blocker technology may also reduce the cost of running assays, such as NGS assays, because the expense of sequencing large amounts of uninformative wild-type nucleic acid is eliminated. In clinical validation studies, Biocept has demonstrated, with a high degree of correlation, the ability to detect the same biomarkers in blood that were identified from tissue biopsy of solid tumors. Using a blood specimen to provide information on biomarkers found on solid tumors offers the benefits of reducing the risks and costs of biopsy relative to tissue, has convenience advantages, and can enable the ability to non-invasively conduct serial monitoring of patient specimens over time.
Biocept, Inc. is a molecular diagnostics company with commercialized assays for lung, breast, gastric, colorectal and prostate cancers, and melanoma. The Company uses its proprietary liquid biopsy technology to provide physicians with clinically actionable information for treating and monitoring patients diagnosed with cancer. The Company's patented Target Selector™ liquid biopsy technology platform captures and analyzes tumor-associated molecular markers in both circulating tumor cells (CTCs) and in circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA). With thousands of tests performed, the platform has demonstrated the ability to identify cancer mutations and alterations to inform physicians about a patient's disease and therapeutic options. For additional information, please visit www.biocept.com.
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