NanoString Technologies, Inc., (NASDAQ:NSTG) a provider of life science tools for translational research and molecular diagnostic products, today announced nationwide availability of the Prosigna ™ Breast Cancer Prognostic Gene Signature Assay beginning in the first quarter of 2014. Premier national diagnostic laboratories ARUP Laboratories, Laboratory Corporation of America ® Holdings (LabCorp ®) (NYSE:LH), and Quest Diagnostics (NYSE:DGX) have chosen to add the Prosigna Assay to their comprehensive suites of breast cancer diagnostic tests, providing patients treated throughout the U.S. with timely access to a genomic assay that assesses a tumor’s underlying biology and risk of distant recurrence. NanoString Technologies also announced that laboratories at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center and University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center will be among the initial wave of facilities to offer the Prosigna Assay in 2014.
NanoString will showcase the Prosigna Assay at booth #209 during the annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, December 11 th -13 th 2013, the leading international gathering of academic and community physicians specializing in breast cancer research and treatment.
National diagnostic laboratories adopting the Prosigna Assay commented on the new offering:
“This is the next generation of diagnostics, which embraces both the molecular and anatomic features of a tumor to provide a more accurate estimate of risk,” said Philip Bernard, MD, ARUP Laboratories Medical Director and Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology at the University of Utah.“LabCorp is pleased to be among the first laboratories to offer the Prosigna assay,” stated Mark Brecher, MD, LabCorp Chief Medical Officer. “Prosigna provides physicians and their patients a new and important diagnostic tool, in conjunction with other clinical and pathological factors, to help monitor and treat breast cancer recurrence.” “We are pleased to form this relationship with NanoString,” said Gerald LaFlamme, Quest General Manager, Oncology business. “The Prosigna Assay will extend our capabilities in breast cancer and provide an important new option for women.”