OncoCyte Sprints on New Developments

OncoCyte Corp (NYSE:OCX) announced plans to acquire Insight Genetics for $12 million.

The Irvine, Calif.-based company, a molecular diagnostics company with a mission to provide actionable answers at critical decision points across the lung cancer care continuum, today announced that DetermaRx is now commercially available in the United States.

Additionally, Oncocyte has received regulatory approval in Canada to begin distribution of DetermaRx in that country. DetermaRx enables the identification of early-stage lung cancer patients who may benefit from adjuvant chemotherapy post surgical resection.

In a clinical study, high-risk patients identified by this test post-surgery and treated with adjuvant chemotherapy had a significant increase in survival rates.

Back to the IG situation, OncoCyte entered into the agreement to access IG’s technology and pharma service offerings. IG has a rich menu of relevant targeted therapeutic panels including two emerging therapeutic targets, RET and NTRK.

IG’s lead test is the "Immune Modulation" (IM Score), a gene expression test that measures the state of the immune system in biopsies from cancer patients to identify patients more likely to respond to PD-1/PD-L1 immunotherapies.

Data presented at the 2019 Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC) Annual Meeting showed a strong association of the IM score with response to PD-1/PD-L1 targeted immunotherapy in lung cancer.

IG has achieved ISO 9001 certification, and it has a CLIA certified and College of American Pathology accredited lab that performs and develops proprietary cancer tests.

OncoCyte shares climbed 16 cents, or 6%, to open Monday at $2.81