OPKO's GeneDx Study of More Than 10,000 Individuals Tested with Multigene NGS Hereditary Cancer Panel Reveals New Risks
Largest Published Study to Date Supports Testing Changes and Development of New Treatment Options
OPKO Health, Inc. (NYSE: OPK) through its subsidiary GeneDx, today announced results from the largest published study to date of patients who received hereditary genetic testing with Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) cancer panels. The study, “Pathogenic and Likely Pathogenic Variant Prevalence among the First 10,000 Patients Referred for Next Generation Cancer Panel Testing,” was published in the December 2015 issue of Genetics in Medicine. GeneDx’s analysis of the data generated from the first 10,030 patients highlights the clinical utility of testing for multiple cancer genes to identify variants that would not have been identified through previously used testing methods. The patients, who were referred for testing between August, 2013 and October, 2014, underwent genetic testing for panels of genes associated with hereditary cancer.
While many patients were found to carry pathogenic or likely pathogenic variants in well-established, high-risk cancer genes, approximately half of the pathogenic variants identified were in genes with moderate risk and in recently identified cancer genes. Notably, among women with breast cancer, 50% of positive findings were in genes other than BRCA1 or BRCA2. Additionally, several individuals had pathogenic variants in high-risk genes that were somewhat unexpected, so clinical presentation alone might not have prompted testing for these genes.
“We believe that molecular diagnostic testing for panels containing multiple genes are significantly more accurate in determine the heritable factors which increase the risk of cancer, and may permit more tailored treatment for cancer patients and screening for their family members,” said Sherri Bale, PhD, FACMG, Co-Founder and Managing Director of GeneDx. “Our experience, based on a large database of patients, demonstrates that multi-gene panels have the potential to identify pathogenic variants in genes that would not typically have been tested and most likely would have been missed. This study provides important empirical data for clinical decision-making when choosing between single genes and NGS cancer panel testing for a variety of cancers.”
About OPKO Health, Inc.:
OPKO Health, Inc. is a diversified healthcare company that seeks to establish industry-leading positions in large, rapidly growing markets. Our diagnostics business includes Bio-Reference Laboratories, the nation's third-largest clinical laboratory with a core genetic testing business and a 420-person sales force to drive growth and leverage new products, including the 4Kscore® prostate cancer test and the Claros®1 in-office immunoassay platform. Our pharmaceutical business features Reade™, a treatment for SHPT in stage 3-4 CKD patients with vitamin D insufficiency (March 29, 2016 PDUFA date) and VARUBI™ for chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (oral formulation launched by partner Tesaro, IV formulation in Phase 3). Our biologics business includes hGH-CTP, a once-weekly human growth hormone injection (in Phase 3 and partnered with Pfizer), and a long-acting Factor VIIa drug for hemophilia (entering Phase 2a). We also have production and distribution assets worldwide, multiple strategic investments and an active business development strategy. More information is available at www.opko.com.
GeneDx and its parent company BioReference Laboratories Inc. are members of the OPKO Health, Inc. (NYSE: OPK) group of companies. GeneDx is a world leader in Genomics with an acknowledged expertise in rare and ultra rare genetic disorders, as well as one of the broadest menus of sequencing services available among commercial laboratories. GeneDx performs more clinical Whole Exome Sequencing tests than any other diagnostic lab in the world. The GeneDx mission is to make clinical testing affordable and available to people with rare genetic conditions and their families. GeneDx provides testing to patients and their families in more than 55 countries. To learn more, please visit www.genedx.com.
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