SAN DIEGO, Jan. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Biocept, Inc. (NASDAQ: BIOC), a molecular diagnostics company commercializing and developing blood-based biomarkers to improve the detection and treatment of cancer, announces that it has entered into an agreement with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBS IL) allowing its members access to Biocept's broad menu for liquid biopsy testing. With the addition of BCBS IL's more than eight million members, the number of patients with access to Biocept's liquid biopsy assays through their healthcare insurance plan has increased to approximately 133 million.
"BCBS IL is the largest health plan in Illinois and is our first agreement with a plan in the Blue Cross Blue Shield system," said Michael W. Nall, President and CEO of Biocept. "We view this agreement as another indication of the growing awareness by healthcare providers of the important role liquid biopsy can have in the treatment of patients with cancer. For Biocept, gaining health plan coverage for our tests is a key aspect of our reimbursement strategy."
"For a significant number of patients with cancer, obtaining sufficient biopsy material from a surgical procedure is neither possible nor practical. By utilizing liquid biopsy, physicians can gain valuable information for use in developing treatment plans for their patients," said Amy McNeal, Senior Director of Strategic Reimbursement at Biocept. "Our goals at Biocept and the payor community are aligned as we work together to improve patient outcomes while providing savings to the healthcare system."
Biocept, Inc. is a commercial-stage molecular diagnostics company that utilizes a proprietary technology platform and a standard blood sample to provide physicians with important prognostic and predictive information to enhance individual treatment of patients with cancer. Biocept's patented technology platform captures and analyzes circulating tumor DNA, both in circulating tumor cells (CTCs) and in plasma (ctDNA). Biocept currently offers assays for gastric cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, colorectal cancer, prostate cancer and melanoma, and plans to introduce additional CLIA-validated assays in the near term. For additional information, please visit www.biocept.com.
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