MADISON, Wis. and NEW YORK, Aug. 22, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Exact Sciences Corp. (Nasdaq: EXAS) and Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) today announced an agreement through 2021 to co-promote Cologuard, the first and only FDA-approved non-invasive stool DNA screening test for colorectal cancer. Pfizer will join Exact Sciences' sales representatives in reaching both physicians and health systems and will also actively participate in extending and deepening the Cologuard marketing campaign.
Colorectal cancer is recognized as the most preventable yet least prevented form of cancer and remains the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S., with more than 50,000 deaths each year. Nine out of 10 people survive more than five years when colorectal cancer is diagnosed in Stages I or II, but only one out of 10 people survive more than five years when the disease is diagnosed in Stage IV. While patient outcomes can be improved through early detection, fewer than two-thirds of people are up-to-date with recommended colorectal cancer screening guidelines.
"This partnership marks a turning point in the fight to end colorectal cancer," said Kevin Conroy, chairman and CEO of Exact Sciences. "Pfizer is joining Exact Sciences' mission of eradicating colorectal cancer by helping detect the disease at its earliest, most treatable stages. Together we can help reduce the prevalence of colorectal cancer by combining the power of Cologuard and the talented Exact Sciences team with Pfizer's experience, relationships and resources."
Exact Sciences and Pfizer seek to increase colorectal cancer screening rates by accelerating adoption of Cologuard, an accurate, easy-to-use test that's fully covered by Medicare and most major health insurance plans. Exact Sciences brings a sales force with expertise in colorectal cancer, the innovative science of Cologuard and a recognizable direct-to-consumer marketing campaign. Pfizer brings a large and experienced sales force and relationships integrating with the leading health systems, two areas where Cologuard is most often prescribed, along with deep marketing expertise.
"There is a significant patient need to increase colorectal cancer screening, and our field force has long established relationships with providers who prescribe first-line preventative treatments to patients," said Nick Lagunowich, regional president, North America, Pfizer Internal Medicine. "By joining forces with Exact Sciences to bring this non-invasive colorectal cancer screening option to more providers and their patients, we hope to substantially increase the early detection of colorectal cancer."
Under the terms of the agreement, Pfizer will co-promote Cologuard with Exact Sciences beginning in the fourth quarter of 2018. Exact Sciences will maintain responsibility for all aspects of manufacturing and laboratory operations of Cologuard. Pfizer will share gross profits and marketing expenses equally above an agreed upon baseline.
More information about the agreement is available here, in a form 8-K that Exact Sciences will file in compliance with Securities and Exchange Commission rules.
Exact Sciences Conference Call & Webcast Exact Sciences will host a conference call and webcast on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, at 8:00 a.m. ET to discuss the agreement. The webcast will be available at www.exactsciences.com. Domestic callers should dial (877) 201-0168 and international callers should dial +1 (647) 788-4901.
An archive of the webcast will be available at www.exactsciences.com. A replay of the conference call will be available by calling 800-585-8367 domestically or 416-621-4642 internationally. The access code for the replay of the call is 5278277. The webcast, conference call and replay are open to all interested parties.
About Cologuard Cologuard was approved by the FDA in August 2014 and results from Exact Sciences' prospective 90-site, point-in-time, 10,000-patient pivotal trial were published in the New England Journal of Medicine in April 2014. Cologuard is included in the American Cancer Society's (2018) colorectal cancer screening guidelines and the recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (2016) and National Comprehensive Cancer Network (2016). Cologuard is indicated to screen adults of either sex, 50 years or older, who are at typical average-risk for CRC. Cologuard is not for everyone; not for high risk individuals, including those with a family history of colorectal cancer, a personal history of cancer or advanced adenoma, IBD, and certain hereditary syndromes. Positive Cologuard results should be referred to diagnostic colonoscopy. A negative Cologuard test result does not guarantee absence of cancer or advanced adenoma. Following a negative result, patients should continue participating in a screening program at an interval and with a method appropriate for the individual patient. Cologuard performance when used for repeat testing has not been evaluated or established. Medicare and most major insurers cover Cologuard. For more information about Cologuard, visit www.cologuardtest.com. Rx only.
About Exact Sciences Corp. Exact Sciences Corp. is a molecular diagnostics company focused on the early detection and prevention of the deadliest forms of cancer. The company has exclusive intellectual property protecting its non-invasive, molecular screening technology for the detection of colorectal cancer. For more information, please visit the company's website at www.exactsciences.com, follow Exact Sciences on Twitter @ExactSciences or find Exact Sciences on Facebook.
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This release contains forward-looking information about a U.S. co-promote agreement between Pfizer and Exact Sciences Corp. to co-promote Cologuard that involves substantial risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. Risks and uncertainties include, among other things, uncertainties regarding the commercial success of Cologuard; the willingness of health insurance companies and other payers to cover Cologuard and adequately reimburse us for performance of the Cologuard test; the amount and nature of competition from other cancer screening and diagnostic products and services; decisions by regulatory authorities regarding labeling and other matters that could affect the availability or commercial potential of Cologuard; and competitive developments.
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