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Biocept, Inc. Announces Availability of Its New Breast Cancer Test, OncoCEE-BR™ Utilizing Circulating Tumor Cells (CTCs)
Date:7/28/2011

SAN DIEGO, July 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Biocept, Inc., an advanced diagnostic CLIA-certified service laboratory developing novel tests for the oncology community, today announced the availability of OncoCEE-BR™ for breast cancer, a test designed to detect circulating tumor cells (CTCs) found in the blood of patients with this disease, and to assess their HER2/neu status by fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) performed on the CTCs detected in the blood.  HER2/neu status is diagnostic of a potential response to targeted cancer therapies like Herceptin® and Tykerb®.

OncoCEE-BR™ is intended as an adjunct to current standard testing methods for breast cancer, and may be especially useful in clinical settings where it may not be possible to obtain a tissue biopsy. CTC analysis, including biomarker analysis such as HER2 gene amplification, may provide very important information for the physician in the treatment of a patient's cancer.

The OncoCEE-BR™ test includes: 1) the enumeration of CTCs (their actual number, per an 8 ml blood sample), and 2) the determination of the HER2/neu status of the detected CTCs by FISH.  Clinical studies have demonstrated a poor prognosis for patients with elevated or increasing numbers of CTCs.  The detection of HER2/neu amplification in tissue biopsy samples indicates a patient's eligibility for HER2-targeted therapies like trastuzumab (e.g., Herceptin®).  In the future Biocept intends to add ER/PR status determination to the test, and potentially other biomarkers.   OncoCEE-BR™ is the only commercially available test that combines CTC enumeration with cytogenetic characterization.  It requires a proprietary blood draw tube and sample shipping container, which are provided by Biocept.

The results from an OncoCEE-BR™ test may provide oncologists, pathologists and their patients with a greater understanding of t
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