Abcodia announces initial U.S. availability of the ROCA® test to aid in the early detection of ovarian cancer
Abcodia Ltd, a UCLB spinout company engaged in the commercial development of novel tests for the early detection of cancer, announced today the availability of the ROCA® Test for use by physicians in five U.S. states: Arizona, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Texas. The test is already being used in the U.K. by private clinics and will become available in additional U.S. states throughout 2016.
The ROCA Test, available as a service from Abcodia’s testing laboratory, uses a number of clinical variables such as age, menopausal status and serial blood measurements of biomarker protein, CA-125 to assess the likelihood that a woman has ovarian cancer.
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Abcodia Ltd is a clinical stage company engaged in the commercial development of novel tests for the early detection of cancer. The Company’s first product is the ROCA Test for the early detection of ovarian cancer, and it is expanding its pipeline of early detection technologies for lung, colorectal and pancreatic cancer. Abcodia’s offerings are based on expertise in measuring and modelling dynamic changes over time of clinical variables including test results from serum-based markers before cancer is clinically diagnosed, and it maintains exclusive commercial access to a biobank of five million serum samples donated from more than 200,000 individuals over a 10-year period. Abcodia holds strategic collaborations with leading global organizations including Cancer Research UK, University College London and other academic and industry partners. Abcodia is a privately held company funded through investments from Albion Ventures, Cambridge Innovation Capital, Scottish Equity Partners and UCL Business. Headquartered in Cambridge, U.K., the Company has operations in Boston, Mass. and a clinical laboratory in Memphis, Tenn.
About the ROCA® Test
Abcodia’s first product, the ROCA Test indicates a woman’s likelihood of having ovarian cancer. The ROCA Test is intended for postmenopausal women aged between 50 and 85, or for certain women between 35 and 85 years of age who are considered to have a higher risk due to family history of ovarian or breast cancer or genetic mutations in, for example, the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes. The ROCA test has been evaluated as part of a multimodal screening strategy in several prospective clinical trials in both the U.K. and U.S. involving more than 215,000 women over the past 15 years. The results of those studies show that the ROCA Test, when used with appropriate transvaginal ultrasound as the follow up test, has a higher performance than other currently available methods that have been evaluated prospectively in healthy women. In the clinical studies, the ROCA Test detects the majority of ovarian cancer cases before the first signs or symptoms of ovarian cancer appear. The ROCA Test is CE marked and is currently available in the private healthcare market in the U.K. The ROCA Test became available as a service from Abcodia’s testing laboratory, in select U.S. markets in December 2015, and it will become available in additional U.S. states throughout 2016.