PRESS RELEASE: 5 November 2019, 07:00 CET

Five Idylla™ Studies to be Published at ‘Association for Molecular Pathology’ Annual Meeting (US)

Mechelen, Belgium, 5 November 2019 – Biocartis Group NV (the ‘Company’ or ‘Biocartis’), an innovative molecular diagnostics company (Euronext Brussels: BCART), today announces the publication of that were conducted by US key opinion leaders at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Molecular Pathology (‘AMP’), a leading molecular diagnostics conference taking place this week between 7-9 November 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland (US). The respective Idylla™ studies showed a strong performance of Idylla™ assays (RUO1) compared to other methods including IHC2 and NGS3 in terms of concordance4, ease of use, workflow automation and turnaround times. Furthermore, some studies researched Idylla™’s capability to analyze different sample types5 and smaller sample quantities. 

The published studies include the Idylla™ MSI, EGFR, KRAS and BRAF assays (RUO1) and can be summarized as follows:

Abstracts of the above mentioned studies can be found .
             
Herman Verrelst, Chief Executive Officer of Biocartis, commented: “Idylla™ studies continue to be a key driver in the further market adoption of the Idylla™ platform. We are proud to see so many publications published at AMP by leading US key opinion leaders on the performance of Idylla™ compared to other methods such as IHC and NGS. It is great to see that once again the conclusions of these studies underline Idylla™’s unique features: providing highly accurate results faster and easier, even with minimal sample quality or on samples that failed on other testing methods.”

On 6 November 2019, Biocartis will host a at the AMP 2019 conference that focuses on various features of the Idylla™ platform, with leading speakers from the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (Dr. Maria Arcila, MD, Laboratory Director, Diagnostic Molecular Pathology Laboratory), Geisinger Medical Laboratories (Dr. Yi Ding, MD, PhD, System and Core Laboratory Director of Molecular Diagnostics) and the Dartmouth–Hitchcock Medical Center (Dr. Gregory J. Tsongalis, Vice Chair of Research, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine).  

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1 Research Use Only, not for use in diagnostic procedures

2 Immuno-histochemistry is often used to assess the MSI status. MSI is useful for screening patients for Lynch syndrome, and has become a predictive marker for response to immunotherapy.

3 Next-Generation Sequencing or NGS is a technology for determining the sequence of DNA or RNA to study for example specific genetic alterations in patients with cancer. Source: NCBI, Jan-Dec 2018, last consulted on 21 October 2019.

4 We refer to the abstracts for more details on .

5 Incl. (un)extracted FFPE tissue, cytologic material, blood, bone marrow, aspirate smears and touch preparation tissue samples as well as NGS pre-capture libraries.

6 G.J. Tsongalis et al., “Evaluation of a Cartridge-Based Assay to Assess Microsatellite Instability from FFPE Colorectal Cancer Tissues”.

7 K. Nafa et al., “Validation and Implementation of Ultra-rapid Mutation and MSI Assessment Using the Idylla Platform”.

8 Performed on 275 samples (175 positives: 50 EGFR, 57 KRAS, 68 BRAF; and 48 negatives: 12 EGFR, 17 KRAS, 19 BRAF; 25 MSI-H, 27 MSS) that were tested in the validation studies. Concordant results were obtained for all samples across all specimen types compared to reference methods of similar sensitivity with excellent reproducibility. Samples included both extracted and unextracted formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue, cytologic material, blood, bone marrow, aspirate smears and touch preparation tissue samples as well as NGS pre-capture libraries. Note: Assessment of various sample types with or without previous extraction is possible but must be validated independently to establish adequate tissue input and performance requirements.

9 Q. Wei et al., “Validation of Extracted DNA for Detection of KRAS Mutations with Idylla PCR-Based Molecular Diagnostic Assay: Can We Rescue Small Samples?”

10 Results showed 100% concordance with previous NGS results when 10 ng is used.

11 K.D. Davies et al., “Validation of the BioCartis Idylla Platform Using Extracted Nucleic Acid as Input.”

12 Idylla™ is designed to minimize hands-on time by fully automating all wet-bench steps. Nucleic acid extraction is built into the workflow such that tissue samples can be directly input into assay cartridges. However, pre-extracted nucleic acid may also be used as the input material.

13 FFPE = Formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded. When 75 ng DNA is directly input to the cartridges.

14 Judd et al., “Evaluation of the Performance of the Biocartis Idylla BRAF Cartridge with Low DNA Input”.

15 The DNA was introduced directly into the BRAF cartridges in amounts ranging from 5 to 20 ng of DNA to simulate low overall sample cell content.