As part of the recognition and support surrounding the award, Minister Klink noted that he would actively support the inclusion of MammaPrint in the package of treatments for which reimbursement is available so that the test can provide benefit to as many breast cancer patients as possible in The Netherlands.
MammaPrint laboratory service is the first and only FDA cleared (February 2007) DNA microarray-based 'in vitro diagnostic multivariate index assay' (IVDMIA). MammaPrint measures the activity of 70 genes, providing information about the likelihood of tumor recurrence. The MammaPrint test measures the level of expression of each of these genes in a sample of a woman's surgically-removed breast cancer tumor and then uses a specific formula or algorithm to produce a score that determines whether the patient is deemed low risk or high risk for spread of the cancer to another site. The result may help a doctor in planning treatment and appropriate follow-up for a patient when used with other clinical information and laboratory tests. All MammaPrint tests are conducted in Agendia's CLIA-certified central service laboratory.
Agendia, located in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, is a world leader in
gene expression analysis-based diagnostics with three products on the
market. The company focuses on the development and commercialization of
diagnostic tests using tumor gene expression profiling. Agendia was the
first company to commercialize a prognostic test - MammaPrint(R) - that
predicts the risk of breast cancer recurrence. Agendia maintains close ties
with several leading academic centers to develop state of the art
diagnostic tests for cancer. Agendia also offers its expertise to pharma
companies focusing on develo
|SOURCE Agendia BV|
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