Exact Sciences Corp. (Nasdaq: EXAS) today announced that it has expanded its collaboration and license agreement with Mayo Clinic.
Under an extension of the agreement Exact and Mayo Clinic announced in mid-2009, the company’s research and development collaboration with David A. Ahlquist, M.D., and his lab will be expanded to include all gastrointestinal cancers and diseases, and new cancer screening applications of stool- and blood-based testing. Exact will continue to have exclusive rights to commercialize breakthroughs that result from this collaboration.
Exact will make up-front, milestone and royalty payments to Mayo Clinic. It will continue to fund the collaborative work done in Dr. Ahlquist’s lab.
“Our collaboration with Mayo Clinic and Dr. Ahlquist has been extraordinarily productive, culminating in the Cologuard marker panel that will be used in our DeeP-C clinical trial and commercialized when it’s approved by the FDA,” said Kevin T. Conroy, Exact Sciences’ president and chief executive. “We are pleased to significantly expand our strong, fruitful relationship with Dave and his colleagues. We expect it to continue to produce breakthroughs that can positively affect patients.”
About Exact Sciences Corp.
Exact Sciences Corp. is a molecular diagnostics company focused on the early detection and prevention of colorectal cancer. The company has exclusive intellectual property protecting its noninvasive, molecular screening technology for the detection of colorectal cancer. Stool-based DNA technology is included in the colorectal cancer screening guidelines of the American Cancer Society and the U.S. Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer. For more information, please visit the company’s website at
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