SAN DIEGO, Dec. 5, 2017 /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 the issuance of U.S. Patent No. 9,834,817, entitled METHODS FOR DETECTING NUCLEIC ACID SEQUENCE VARIANTS. The patent is core to Biocept's Target Selector™ assays for ctDNA analysis using real-time PCR, Sanger sequencing and next generation sequencing (NGS).
The patent encompasses Biocept's proprietary "switch-blocker" technology, which enriches patient specimens for oncogene mutations of interest, resulting in ultra-high sensitivity and specificity for the detection of cancer-associated mutations. The switch blocker technology is designed to improve detection rates for these oncogenes, allowing physicians to make informed decisions for the selection of therapy and monitoring of treatment response over time for patients with cancer.
"The issuance of this patent signals what we believe is the first in a series of worldwide patents protecting our proprietary, highly sensitive ctDNA platform technology," said Lyle Arnold, Ph.D., Biocept's Chief Scientific Officer. "When combined with our patents and technology related to CTC capture and analysis as well as our blood transport tubes, Biocept has significant coverage protecting all three of its core liquid biopsy technology platforms."
Michael Nall, Biocept's President and CEO, added, "Biocept remains differentiated in the liquid biopsy field by using both ctDNA and CTC analysis on patient samples to detect and monitor actionable cancer biomarkers that are listed in the NCCN guidelines. Both of our platform technologies offer specialized enrichment methods that can aid physicians in making more informed decisions in the treatment of their patients with cancer. Obtaining this new intellectual property provides additional patent protection for the unique and novel features of our Target Selector™ dual platform approach."
About ctDNA Target Selector™ Technology
The "switch-blocker" technology covered by U.S. Patent No. 9,834,817 is applicable to a broad range of molecular genomic platforms, including real-time PCR, digital PCR, Sanger sequencing, NGS, arrays, mass-spec, and capillary detection systems. This technology allows normal (wild-type) nucleic acid material such as normal DNA to be significantly blocked from amplification, while genetic alterations associated with cancer are able to be amplified. This method greatly increases the detection sensitivity of genetic alterations such as cancer mutations in low abundance, as the "noise" associated with normal genetic sequences is largely eliminated.
Biocept's switch-blocker technology also has the advantage of reducing the cost of running assays, like NGS assays, by approximately 100-1,000-fold, since the expense of sequencing large amounts of uninformative wild-type nucleic acid is eliminated.
In clinical validation studies, Biocept has demonstrated, with a high degree of correlation, the ability to detect the same biomarkers in blood that were identified from tissue biopsy of solid tumors. Using a blood specimen to provide information on biomarkers found on solid tumors offers the benefits of reducing the risks and costs of biopsy relative to tissue, has convenience advantages, and can enable the ability to non-invasively conduct serial monitoring of patient specimens over time.
Biocept, Inc. is a molecular diagnostics company with commercialized assays for lung, breast, gastric, colorectal and prostate cancers, and melanoma. The Company leverages its proprietary liquid biopsy technology to provide physicians with clinically actionable information for treating and monitoring patients diagnosed with cancer. Biocept's patented Target Selector™ liquid biopsy technology platforms capture and analyze tumor-associated molecular markers on 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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