SAN DIEGO, March 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Biocept, Inc. (NASDAQ: BIOC), a molecular diagnostics company commercializing and developing liquid biopsies to improve the detection and treatment of cancer, announces that Veena Singh, MD, Biocept's Senior Vice President and Senior Medical Director, will present "Ultra-Sensitive CTC Analysis in the Management of Cancer" on Monday, March 7th, and will participate in a panel discussion focused on the use of circulating tumor cell (CTC) in liquid biopsy on Wednesday, March 9th, at the Molecular Medicine Tri-Con 2016 meeting being held in San Francisco.
"First generation CTC detection systems were designed to capture only cells expressing an antigen found on epithelial tumor cells, known as EpCAM. These approaches miss non-EpCAM expressing types of tumor cells, such as those with mesenchymal or stem cell properties, that can contain important tumor related information," said Dr. Singh. "At Biocept, we have developed a highly sensitive approach that can detect a broader spectrum of CTCs and simultaneously identify actionable biomarker alterations within these cells. Our assays detect results that could be missed by relying solely on interrogating a subset of CTCs and provide additional information that physicians can use when making treatment decisions.
"The proprietary platforms we have developed at Biocept allows for liquid biopsy assays that utilize both CTCs and circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) for both profiling and monitoring patients with solid tumors," continued Dr. Singh. "We appreciate the opportunity to share progress and evidence from our real-world experience with scientific leaders attending this prestigious industry conference. Much of this conference is dedicated to liquid biopsy, which indicates a growing level of interest in our field among researchers, clinicians and the biopharma industry in general."
About the Molecular Medicine Tri-Con
The 23rd Annual Molecular Medicine Tri-Con conference is a diverse event, focusing on molecular medicine, specifically on discovery, genomics, diagnostics and information technology. The Tri-Conference is the largest annual conference bringing together the world's most influential diagnostic experts. This year's conference is projected to attract more than 3,300 diagnostics experts from more than 40 countries. The conference will be held March 6-11, 2016, at the Moscone North Convention Center in San Francisco. To learn more, visit http://www.triconference.com.
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 technology platform captures and analyzes circulating tumor DNA, both in CTCs and in plasma (ctDNA). Biocept currently offers testing for gastric, breast, prostate, colon and lung cancers as well as melanoma and plans to introduce CLIA-validated tests for colorectal cancer, prostate cancer and other solid tumors in the near term.
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