SAN DIEGO, June 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Trovagene, Inc. (NASDAQ: TROV), a developer of circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) molecular diagnostics, announced the presentation of clinical results demonstrating highly sensitive detection of EGFR T790M mutations in the urine of patients with non-small cell lung cancer. The oral presentation at the 2016 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting, entitled Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) genotyping of matched urine, plasma and tumor tissue from non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients treated with rociletinib, was delivered today by Heather Wakelee, M.D. of Stanford University http://abstracts.asco.org/176/AbstView_176_167439.html.
"These results demonstrate the clinical utility of Trovagene's noninvasive urine-based liquid biopsy test to determine the presence of EGFR T790M mutations, and aid in the selection of targeted therapy for patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)," said Karen Reckamp, M.D. of City of Hope, a key study investigator. "Trovagene's urinary ctDNA test was able to identify the EGFR resistance mutation in cases not detected in tissue. The data suggest that urinary and plasma EGFR analyses complement tissue biopsies in EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) resistant NSCLC."
"The similar patient response rate we observed validates that urine liquid biopsies are a viable alternative to plasma or tissue to detect T790M mutations for targeted therapies," added Jonathan Goldman, M.D. of UCLA Medical Center.
- A 213 patient cohort, from the TIGER-X clinical trial of rociletinib (an investigational EGFR TKI), in which urine, plasma and tissue tests identified a similar proportion of patients with the EGFR T790M mutation
- Urine and plasma tests identified EGFR T790M mutations missed by tissue, likely due to tumor heterogeneity or inadequate sample quality
- The objective response rate to therapy, duration of response, and progression-free survival of patients positive for T790M in urine was similar to those patients testing positive for T790M in plasma or tissue
- Monitoring urine ctDNA T790M mutation levels longitudinally is feasible, and may be a tool to inform treatment decisions
"We believe the noninvasive quantitative measuring of ctDNA in patient's urine with Trovagene's Trovera™ test enables physicians to identify and monitor actionable mutations and obtain an accurate assessment of their patient's progress on therapy," noted Mark Erlander, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer of Trovagene.
About The T790M Mutation in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
While lung cancer is one of the most aggressive malignancies, progress has been made in the advancement of therapeutic strategies against the disease. In particular, epidermal growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitors (EGFR-TKIs) such as erlotinib, afatinib and gefitinib in non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients with EGFR mutations, have demonstrated clinical response rates as high as 80%. However, after about 6 to 12 months, most tumors develop acquired resistance to these targeted therapies. Research into such resistance has identified the secondary T790M mutation, which occurs in approximately 60% of patients with acquired resistance to EGFR-TKIs and is reported to negate the benefits of treatment. In November 2015, osimertinib was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of NSCLC patients with the T790M mutation, and several additional promising drug candidates are in development for this targeted indication.
About Trovagene's Trovera™ brand of liquid biopsy tests
Built upon the Trovagene Precision Cancer Monitoring (PCM) Platform, Trovera™ urine and blood-based EGFR, KRAS and BRAF CLIA and CAP-accredited tests are available to healthcare providers for the detection and/or monitoring of tumor dynamics before, during and after treatment. Physicians interested in utilizing these tests should contact Client Services at 888-391-7992. For more information, please visit: http://trovagene.com/hcp-home-page/trovagene-overview
About Trovagene, Inc.
Headquartered in San Diego, California, Trovagene is leveraging its proprietary Precision Cancer Monitoring® (PCM) technology for the detection and monitoring of circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) in urine. The Company's technology detects and quantitates oncogene mutations in cancer patients for improved disease management. Trovagene's PCM technology is designed to provide important clinical information beyond the current standard of care, and is protected by significant intellectual property including multiple issued patents and pending patent applications globally.
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