IRVING, Texas, Nov. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Caris Life Sciences ®, a leading biotechnology company focused on fulfilling the promise of precision medicine, today announced the designation of the West Virginia University ( WVU) Cancer Institute as a center of excellence site in the Caris Centers of Excellence for Precision Medicine Network ™ (Network). "The state of West Virginia has the third highest cancer mortality rate in the nation and West Virginia University has demonstrated a strong commitment to reduce cancer deaths by providing access to the latest, most innovative treatments spanning all facets of cancer care, including comprehensive tumor profiling to enable the delivery of precision medicine," said Dr. John Marshall, Chairman of the Network, Professor of Medicine and Oncology at Georgetown University School of Medicine, and Chief of Hematology/Oncology at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. "We are excited to welcome the West Virginia University Cancer Institute to the Network and begin collaborating on important precision medicine initiatives." The WVU Cancer Institute will actively participate in the development of standards of care and best practices for integrating and utilizing molecular profiling in oncology practice, while also striving to optimize the adoption and patient access to personalized medicine in clinical settings. The Institute will also leverage Caris' multiple-technology tumor profiling service, Caris Molecular Intelligence®, to enable the practice of precision medicine by identifying therapy options and clinical trial opportunities based on the unique molecular characteristics of a patient's tumor. "A comprehensive understanding of the molecular drivers of cancer has become critically important in recent years to develop innovative and better ways to treat our patients under the paradigm of personalized cancer care. Tumor profiling with Caris Molecular Intelligence empowers our patients, and provides our physicians with personalized genomic and proteomic insights to make molecularly informed treatment decisions," said Dr. Patrick Ma, Associate Professor of Medicine and Co-leader of the Sara Crile Allen and James Frederick Allen Lung Cancer Program at the WVU Cancer Institute. "We look forward to working collaboratively with other leading cancer centers across the country to combine data sets, further clinical trial development and ensure cancer patients have access to the highest-quality information to fight their disease." Caris Molecular Intelligence, a service that correlates molecular data from a tumor with biomarker and drug associations from the latest clinical and scientific cancer literature, is the key technology platform used across the Network to enable the delivery of precision medicine. This information is used to help inform treatment decisions by identifying therapies that have the potential to be most effective and to rule out those that are less likely to work, based on the unique molecular characteristics of an individual patient's cancer. Caris Molecular Intelligence is a patented and proprietary offering that uses multiple technology platforms combined with sophisticated bioinformatics to develop clinically actionable reports for more than 100,000 clinical cases to date.