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OncoCyte Announces Initial Data From Ongoing Clinical Study of Collagen Type X as a Marker and Potential Diagnostic for Breast Cancer and Other Types of Human Cancers

BioTime, Inc. (NYSE MKT:BTX) and its subsidiary OncoCyte Corporation recently announced initial data from a large, prospective clinical study that showed the potential of PanC-Dx™, OncoCyte’s non-invasive diagnostic technology based on its proprietary set of cancer markers, as a non-invasive, blood-based diagnostic test to screen for multiple types of human cancers, including breast cancer. The early data showed the utility of the protein Collagen Type X (COL10A1) in distinguishing patients with malignant breast lesions from those with negative findings. The clinical data was presented by Maria Prendes, PhD, Director of Manufacturing at OncoCyte, at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting during a poster presentation from 8:00 AM -12:00 PM EDT on Monday, April 20, 2015.

St. Gallen International Breast Cancer Guidelines for the Third Time Distinguish Oncotype DX as the Only Multi-Gene Test Validated to Predict Chemotherapy Benefit

Genomic Health (Nasdaq: GHDX) recently announced that the 14th St. Gallen International Breast Cancer Conference Expert Panel, for the third time, recognized the Oncotype DX® breast cancer test for its ability to provide not only prognostic but also predictive information regarding the likelihood of chemotherapy benefit for patients with early-stage, estrogen receptor-positive, invasive breast cancer. Oncotype DX was the only multi-gene test accepted with a strong majority of panellists supporting it as a predictive tool to guide chemotherapy treatment decision making. The new guidelines were recently published online in the Advance Access section of Annals of Oncology and will appear in a future print issue.

Philips and UC Irvine Partner to Develop Standards for Breast Cancer Screening

Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) recently announced its collaboration with the University of California, Irvine, to explore how spectral breast imaging can improve breast density measurement, potentially aiding clinicians in more accurately gauging breast cancer risks and monitoring changes over time. The study will rely on Philips’ MicroDose SI mammography spectral imaging technology. Designed to address the industry’s growing concern about the lower diagnostic accuracy of mammography for high density breasts, MicroDose SI joins Philips’ suite of diagnostic imaging solutions designed to enhance imaging quality for confident diagnostics at a low dose.

LabCorp Contributes to Clinical Research Collaborations Directed at Advancing Treatment of Breast Cancer and Viral Hepatitis

Laboratory Corporation of America® Holdings (LabCorp®) (NYSE: LH) recently highlighted clinical research efforts in oncology and viral hepatitis that demonstrate its commitment to novel diagnostic capabilities and unique bioinformatics resources to enhance patient care in today’s rapidly evolving healthcare system.

Following NICE’s Exclusive Recommendation, NHS England Agrees to Access Program for Oncotype DX Breast Cancer Test

Genomic Health, Inc. (Nasdaq: GHDX) recently announced that, as of April 1, 2015, the Oncotype DX® test will be available to eligible breast cancer patients through the National Health Service (NHS) in England as the only multi-gene breast cancer test recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for use as an option to assist in chemotherapy treatment decision-making.