SAN DIEGO, July 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Trovagene, Inc. (NASDAQ: TROV), a developer of circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) molecular diagnostics, today announced that it has entered into a broad collaboration agreement with the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. This collaboration will seek to establish a standardized framework for the use of Trovera™ urine liquid biopsy testing at USC as well as to define practical considerations and best practices for liquid biopsy testing from urine. The collaboration will also explore the development of clinical treatment algorithms through investigational studies to solidify how and when liquid biopsy testing can be employed.
"The clinical data Trovagene has presented and published thus far illustrate the tremendous promise of using urinary ctDNA as a noninvasive sample type to detect and monitor clinically actionable oncogene mutations, and provide essential molecular information about a patient's disease," said Stephen B. Gruber, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., director of the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. "One of our key goals is to advance personalized medicine by investigating leading edge technologies, and provide clarity to the field for how and when these emerging technologies should be used. Ultimately, this pioneering work will facilitate new standards in patient care, and pave the way for new cancer treatment guidelines."
Trovagene is engaged in numerous collaborations with leading cancer centers and academic institutions. These collaborations are designed to further delineate the clinical utility of its precision cancer monitoring technology and Trovera™ liquid biopsy tests for the evaluation of mutational status in patients with cancer, and the assessment of tumor dynamics in response to therapy.
"We look forward to working closely with clinicians and researchers at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, a leader in cancer research, to further demonstrate the robustness and reliability of our technology in the identification of cancer mutations from urine," stated Mark Erlander, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer at Trovagene. "Our collaboration is focused on conducting several novel studies that have potential to improve the standard-of-care for cancer treatment, and to accelerate adoption of our noninvasive tests into clinical practice."
About The USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
The Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center is an innovative leader in the cancer field, setting a global standard for cutting edge research that is accelerating programs to prevent, control, and cure cancer. It has created a highly inclusive and engaging culture of collaboration, an environment that fosters and supports revolutionary, interdisciplinary approaches to the treatment and prevention of cancer. The Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center is a magnet for the best minds in integrated cancer research and education, and delivers promising clinical trials to a diverse patient population and support for their families. It is a preferred destination for patients, clinicians, and scientists who seek advanced research, clinical trials, and exceptional compassionate care.
About Trovagene's Trovera™ brand of liquid biopsy tests
Built upon the Trovagene Precision Cancer Monitoring (PCM) Platform, Trovera™ urine and blood-based EGFR, KRAS and BRAF CLIA and CAP-accredited tests are available to healthcare providers for the detection and/or monitoring of tumor dynamics before, during and after treatment. Physicians interested in utilizing these tests should contact Client Services at 888-391-7992. For more information, please visit: http://trovagene.com/hcp-home-page/trovagene-overview
About Trovagene, Inc.
Headquartered in San Diego, California, Trovagene is leveraging its proprietary Precision Cancer Monitoring® (PCM) technology for the detection and monitoring of circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) in urine and blood. The Company's technology detects and quantitates oncogene mutations in cancer patients for improved disease management. Trovagene's PCM technology is designed to provide important clinical information beyond the current standard of care, and is protected by significant intellectual property including multiple issued patents and pending patent applications globally.
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