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Early Adopter of INFORM HER2 Dual ISH Assay Optimistic About Impact on Patient Care, Hospital Bottom Line
Date:9/12/2011

t cancer. This study showed that the test was effective in confirming that a patient's tumor sample contained more than the normal number of copies of the HER2 gene in 96 percent of the HER2-positive tumor samples. Patients with more than the normal number of HER2 gene copies are considered candidates for Herceptin therapy.

"HER2 by ISH method is the gold standard in determining HER2 amplification," says Dr. Erika Bracamonte, director of surgical pathology at UMC. "HER2 Dual ISH will allow our hospital to use our own lab, instruments and pathologists rather than outsourcing. ISH testing will be brought into the daily function of the laboratory, bringing additional revenue for the healthcare center. Overall, this product is a win-win-win for patients, clinicians and the hospital."

"Ventana and Roche are global leaders in companion diagnostics, including assays for predicting response to Herceptin," said Greg Yap, Ventana lifecycle leader for advanced staining assays. "FDA approval of the HER2 Dual ISH assay is an important milestone benefiting breast cancer patients and diagnostic providers in the U.S. The HER2 Dual ISH assay has been marketed outside the U.S. as a CE marked in vitro diagnostic since 2010 and has quickly become the market leader. Combined with our market-leading PATHWAY HER2 (4B5) immunohistochemistry assay and our complete suite of fully automated diagnostic solutions, Ventana continues to innovate and advance breast cancer testing."

About University Medical Center:

University Medical Center is a 487-bed hospital in Tucson, Arizona. It is the flagship teaching hospital of the University of Arizona College of Medicine. UMC is a national leader in heart care, oncology, organ transplantation, trauma and pediatrics and has earned a spot among US News & World Reports' Best Hospitals every year for more than a decade. Its mission is to advance health and wellness through education, research and patie
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