SMFM Conference and Publications Highlight the Challenges and Complexities of Diagnosing and Managing Preeclampsia
SAN DIEGO, Feb. 12, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Progenity, Inc. (Nasdaq: PROG), a biotechnology company with an established track record of success in developing and commercializing molecular testing products, applauds the continuing focus of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) on the challenges of diagnosing and managing preeclampsia. Preeclampsia was the focus of this year’s President’s Workshop at the SMFM 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting, co-hosted by the Preeclampsia Foundation.
The SMFM President’s Workshop highlighted the latest research in diagnosing and managing patients with preeclampsia. The session titled Gray Zone Preeclampsia confirmed and highlighted the challenges of diagnosing preeclampsia due to non-specific symptoms, overlap with other hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, and limited diagnostic tools. Other sessions focused on the promise of biomarkers and multi-omics as part of the ongoing research on preeclampsia.
The SMFM publication, American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology (AJOG) also recently published an article by Redman, et.al., highlighting the complexity of preeclampsia, which is a syndrome involving multiple pathophysiological pathways. The authors stress there is an urgent need to understand the complex, multi-factorial pathways of preeclampsia at the cellular level, including biomarkers, to better characterize and manage patients.
The Preeclampsia Foundation, co-hosts of the SMFM President’s Workshop, issued a national call to action in October for the development of biomarker tests specific to the pathophysiology of preeclampsia due to this unmet need.
“We have heard very clearly from the SMFM, the Preeclampsia Foundation, and healthcare providers across the country, that new technology to evaluate risk for preeclampsia is urgently needed. We believe that biomarker testing is important, because complex syndromes require sophisticated solutions,” said Harry Stylli, PhD, CEO, chairman of the board, and co-founder of Progenity. “We are responding to these needs by preparing for launch of the Preecludia™ test, our novel preeclampsia biomarker assay. We look forward to announcing additional milestones throughout 2021 as we usher in a new era of risk assessment for preeclampsia.”
The Preecludia rule-out test for preeclampsia could be the first of its kind in the United States to help healthcare providers evaluate patients with signs and symptoms of possible preeclampsia. This novel, multi-analyte, protein biomarker assay is designed to look at markers across multiple pathophysiological pathways to assess risk for preeclampsia. The laboratory developed test requires a simple blood draw, and is designed to aid in the triage and management of preeclampsia. Last November, the company released strong clinical and analytical verification data, and it plans to enter the validation phase later in Q1, followed by a targeted launch in the second half of 2021.
Preeclampsia is the second most common cause of maternal mortality, and more than 700,000 women present each year with signs and symptoms of possible preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is characterized as a hypertensive disorder, but it is difficult to differentiate from other hypertensive conditions in pregnancy, making diagnosis and management difficult. Preeclampsia can result in impaired organ function, seizures, stroke, and death, and often requires pre-term delivery of the baby. This can result not only in poor health outcomes, but also significant healthcare costs.
For further information about preeclampsia and the Preecludia test, access the slides presented at the company’s Preeclampsia R&D Day at: progenity.com/presentations.
Progenity, Inc. is a biotechnology company with an established track record of success in developing and commercializing molecular testing products, as well as innovating in the field of precision medicine. Progenity provides in vitro molecular tests designed to improve lives by providing actionable information that helps guide patients and physicians in making medical decisions during key life stages. The company applies a multi-omics approach, combining genomics, epigenomics, proteomics, and metabolomics to its molecular testing products and to the development of a suite of investigational ingestible devices designed to provide precise diagnostic sampling and drug delivery solutions. Progenity’s vision is to transform healthcare to become more precise and personal by improving diagnoses of disease and improving patient outcomes through localized treatment with targeted therapies. For additional information about Progenity, please visit the company’s website at www.progenity.com.
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