Amgen Launches Biomarker Assist™, a Program To Help More Patients With Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Gain Access To Biomarker Testing
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., April 19, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Amgen (NASDAQ: AMGN) today announced the launch of Biomarker Assist™, a program to help more patients with metastatic (stage IV) non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) gain access to biomarker testing. Biomarker testing at the time of diagnosis is a critical first step in getting patients on the right treatment. Through Biomarker Assist™, eligible patients may save on biomarker testing.
Professional clinical guidelines, including the College of American Pathologists (CAP), the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC), the Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP) and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) recommend comprehensive biomarker testing of multiple genes simultaneously—for both actionable and emerging biomarkers—for patients diagnosed with advanced NSCLC regardless of clinical characteristics such as age, race or smoking status.1
"Approximately half of all patients with non-small cell lung cancer have oncogene biomarkers, yet despite the integral role that biomarkers play in lung cancer to identify patients who may benefit from targeted therapies, many patients are not tested," said Darryl Sleep, M.D., chief medical officer and senior vice president of Global Medical at Amgen.2,3 "Amgen is excited to launch Biomarker Assist™, a patient support program that demonstrates our commitment to closing the gap in testing rates. Based on a patient's biomarker status, clinicians and patients can make informed decisions on personalized treatment plans and targeted therapies which have significantly improved the prognosis for many patients."
NSCLC is a heterogeneous disease associated with different driver mutations that are responsible for cancer development and growth.1 There are currently seven different actionable driver mutations in NSCLC with a number of emerging therapies under investigation for other molecular mutational drivers, including KRAS.
"The advancement of personalized medicine has transformed the treatment of lung cancer leading to the development of innovative targeted immunotherapies and personalized treatment plans for patients," said Jennifer C. King, Ph.D., chief scientific officer of GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer. "Over the last decade, the cancer community has learned a great deal about precision medicine, particularly for non-small cell lung cancer, but if patients aren't getting comprehensive biomarker testing, then they are less likely to benefit from all of the therapeutic advancements. We welcome programs like Amgen's Biomarker Assist™ because we need support from all stakeholders, including industry, so that comprehensive biomarker testing becomes universal for everyone who is diagnosed with lung cancer."
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