- Positive data show high sensitivity and specificity in the detection of Lymphoma and Hemangiosarcoma as Volition remains on target for launch of its first product expected later this year
- Cancer is the most common cause of death in dogs over the age of two years old in the U.S.
- Together, Lymphoma and Hemangiosarcoma make up approximately one-third of canine cancers
AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- VolitionRx Limited (NYSE AMERICAN: VNRX) ("Volition"), a multi-national epigenetics company developing simple, easy to use, cost effective blood tests to help diagnose a range of cancers and other diseases in both humans and animals, is presenting two abstracts with new data on its first product, the Nu.Q™ Vet Cancer Screening Test, at the 2020 Veterinary Cancer Society (VCS) Virtual Annual Conference, which takes place from Thursday, October 15 through Saturday, October 17.
"The data demonstrate that the Nu.Q™ Vet Cancer Screening Test has a high sensitivity and specificity in relation to both Lymphoma and Hemangiosarcoma detection in a large and varied cohort," said Heather Wilson-Robles, Professor at Texas A&M University, Chief Medical Officer of Volition Veterinary Diagnostics Development LLC, and President-Elect of the VCS. "The results show an Area Under the Curve (AUC) of 87.3% and 97.6%, respectively, for Lymphoma and Hemangiosarcoma.
Dr. Robles added, "These positive findings provide us with real confidence as we move forward towards the launch of our first product, the Nu.Q™ Vet Cancer Screening Test, anticipated in the coming weeks. Early diagnosis has a huge potential to help improve the treatment and the quality of life for dogs as well as providing valuable additional information to inform the clinical decision-making process."
An interview with Heather Wilson-Robles, Chief Medical Officer of Volition Veterinary Diagnostics Development LLC.
Cancer is the most common cause of death in dogs over the age of two years old in the U.S. and up to 50% of all dogs over the age of 10 develop cancer in their lifetime. Together, Lymphoma and Hemangiosarcoma make up approximately one third of canine cancers. Currently, dogs suspected of having cancer are required to undergo a variety of diagnostic tests that may be expensive, time consuming and/or painful for the animal. The Nu.Q™ Vet Cancer Screening Test is a low-cost, easy to use ELISA-based screening test that measures and identifies circulating nucleosomes, which are early markers of cancer, from a simple blood sample to enable a streamlined and less invasive diagnostic process.
The studies were carried out at Texas A&M University on 334 samples (Healthy Control n=134, Lymphoma n=127, Hemangiosarcoma n=73) which included a variety of breeds, genders, weights, ages and different cancer stages.
Characterizing Circulating Nucleosomes in the Plasma of Dogs with Lymphoma
Friday, October 16 at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Characterizing Circulating Nucleosomes in the Plasma of Dogs with Hemangiosarcoma
Saturday, October 17 at 11:15 a.m. Eastern Time
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The abstracts will be posted to the Volition website on Monday October 19.
To learn more about Volition Veterinary and Nu.Q™ Vet please visit our new webpage at https://volition.com/veterinary and/or register for Volition's Capital Markets Day presentation on Tuesday, October 20 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time here.
Volition is a multi-national epigenetics company developing simple, easy to use, cost effective blood tests to help diagnose a range of cancers and other diseases. Early diagnosis has the potential to not only prolong the life of patients, but also to improve their quality of life. The tests are based on the science of NucleosomicsTM, which is the practice of identifying and measuring nucleosomes in the bloodstream or other bodily fluid - an indication that disease is present. Volition is primarily focused on human diagnostics but also has a subsidiary focused on animal diagnostics.
Volition's research and development activities are centered in Belgium, with additional offices in Texas, London and Singapore, as the company focuses on bringing its diagnostic products to market.
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