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Roche Molecular Systems, Inc. (RHHBF.PK) Release: Companion Diagnostic Test That Identifies Patients With Melanoma Tumor Mutation Available in Europe


12/9/2011 4:41:54 PM

Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) announced today that the cobas BRAF Mutation Test is now commercially available in Europe and in countries that recognize the CE mark.

The cobas BRAF Test is a companion diagnostic developed by Roche to identify patients with melanoma tumors that carry a mutated form of the BRAF gene, and will be eligible for treatment with Zelboraf (vemurafenib), once it is commercially available. The test detects a specific BRAF mutation found in approximately 50 percent of malignant melanoma tumors. Zelboraf is currently under review in the EU and has just been approved in the United States together with the cobas BRAF test as a new treatment for BRAF V600 mutation-positive metastatic melanoma.



   
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