SAN DIEGO, April 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Biocept, Inc. (NASDAQ: 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 verified a COVID-19 molecular diagnostic test, and plans to begin accepting physician-ordered testing requests for processing beginning on April 15, 2020.
Biocept has partnered with a national clinician network to accept patient samples and may obtain additional agreements as test capacity is increased. Biocept operates a high-complexity, CLIA-certified, CAP-accredited and BSL-2 safety level laboratory in San Diego, with specialized, licensed molecular lab staff that have been trained in performing the COVID-19 testing. The lab will be using the FDA-approved for EUA (Emergency Use Authorization) testing ThermoFisher Scientific's TaqPath™ molecular diagnostic platform and kit for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19).
"While we continue to focus primarily on providing actionable results for patients diagnosed with cancer, we are pleased to support our clients and public health efforts by expanding our offerings to include COVID-19 testing. I am very thankful to our laboratory team for stepping up and quickly validating COVID-19 testing, in addition to the vital work we do each day for patients diagnosed with cancer," said Mike Nall, Biocept's Chief Executive Officer. "We will provide this critical testing to physicians as we fight the global coronavirus pandemic."
In preparation to offer COVID-19 testing, an unapproved version of a test website page was inadvertently posted to the Company's website by a third-party website consultant. This unapproved test website page contained certain inaccuracies related to billing matters and should be disregarded.
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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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