BioSpace.com

Biotech and Pharmaceutical
News & Jobs
Search the Site
 
   
Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Channel Medical Device and Diagnostics Channel Clinical Research Channel BioSpace Collaborative    Job Seekers:  Register | Login          Employers:  Register | Login  

NEWSLETTERS
Free Newsletters
Archive
My Subscriptions

NEWS
News by Subject
News by Disease
News by Date
PLoS
Search News
Post Your News
JoVE

CAREER NETWORK
Job Seeker Login
Most Recent Jobs
Browse Biotech Jobs
Search Jobs
Post Resume
Career Fairs
Career Resources
For Employers

HOTBEDS
Regional News
US & Canada
  Biotech Bay
  Biotech Beach
  Genetown
  Pharm Country
  BioCapital
  BioMidwest
  Bio NC
  BioForest
  Southern Pharm
  BioCanada East
  US Device
Europe
Asia

DIVERSITY

INVESTOR
Market Summary
News
IPOs

PROFILES
Company Profiles

START UPS
Companies
Events

INTELLIGENCE
Research Store

INDUSTRY EVENTS
Biotech Events
Post an Event
RESOURCES
Real Estate
Business Opportunities

 News | News By Subject | News by Disease News By Date | Search News
eNewsletter Signup
Miles
Km80.5

   

Roche (RHHBY) Launches Additional Test for Improved Management of Epithelial Ovarian Cancer Patients


11/12/2012 9:47:47 AM

INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) announced today the U.S. market availability of the Elecsys HE4 assay, an FDA approved test used in monitoring patients with ovarian cancer. The HE4 test is used as an aid in monitoring the recurrence or progressive disease in patients with epithelial ovarian cancer. 

Studies like K Huhtinen et al (2009) show that HE4 shows a high specificity to ovarian cancer over that of CA 125 alone. Both HE4 and CA 125 together, rather than either of them alone, provides a more accurate tool for differential diagnosis of patients with ovarian cancer and ovarian endometriotic cysts from healthy subjects.

"As a leader in oncology, Roche is committed to providing reliable tests that will enable physicians to deliver the best possible care to their patients," said Randy Pritchard, vice president of marketing at Roche Diagnostics Corporation. "The addition of the Elecsys HE4 assay further strengthens our tumor biomarker menu and means healthcare providers now have another tool to give them greater confidence in monitoring patients with ovarian cancer."

About the Test
The Elecsys HE4 assay is an immunoassay for the quantitative determination of HE4 in human serum and plasma. The assay is used as an aid in monitoring the recurrence or progressive disease in patients with epithelial ovarian cancer. Serial testing for patient HE4 assay values should be used in conjunction with other clinical findings used for monitoring ovarian cancer. The immunoassay is intended for use with Roche's electrochemiluminescence (ECL) technology, a highly sensitive light detection system that provides excellent low-end sensitivity and broad dynamic measuring ranges. The test is approved for use on the Elecsys 2010, cobas e 411, cobas e 601, cobas e 602 and MODULARANALYTICS E170 analyzers.

About ovarian cancer
Ovarian cancer is the fourth most common cause of cancer-related death in women worldwide. It is the most lethal form of gynecological cancer, and potentially curable if diagnosed early and treated by surgeons familiar with the management of ovarian cancer. However, the symptoms of ovarian cancer are related to the presence of adnexal masses and are often vague and unspecific. Thus 70-75% of ovarian cancers are detected at a late stage. According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the 5 year survival rate of ovarian cancer patients is 46%. However, if the disease is diagnosed early, the survival rate increases up to 94%.

About Roche
Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, Roche is a leader in research-focused healthcare with combined strengths in pharmaceuticals and diagnostics. Roche is the world's largest biotech company with truly differentiated medicines in oncology, virology, inflammation, metabolism and CNS. Roche is also the world leader in in-vitro diagnostics, tissue-based cancer diagnostics and a pioneer in diabetes management. Roche's personalized healthcare strategy aims at providing medicines and diagnostic tools that enable tangible improvements in the health, quality of life and survival of patients. In 2011, Roche had over 80,000 employees worldwide and invested over 8 billion Swiss francs in R&D. The Group posted sales of 42.5 billion Swiss francs. Genentech, United States, is a wholly owned member of the Roche Group. Roche has a majority stake in Chugai Pharmaceutical, Japan. For more information: www.roche.com or www.roche-diagnostics.us.

All trademarks used or mentioned in this release are protected by law.

For further information, please contact:

Todd Siesky

Director, Corporate Communications

Roche Diagnostics Corporation

Indianapolis, IN

(317) 521-3966

todd.siesky @roche.com

SOURCE Roche Diagnostics



Read at BioSpace.com

Roche
Roche
 
 

ADD TO DEL.ICIO.US    ADD TO DIGG    ADD TO FURL    ADD TO STUMBLEUPON    ADD TO TECHNORATI FAVORITES