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New Assay Detects 100 Percent of Stage I, II and III Colon Cancers in Pre-Clinical Trials
Date:9/16/2009

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Marking a major milestone in the early detection and management of colon cancer, EDP Biotech Corporation (EDP), a developer of immunodiagnostic tests for humans and animals, announced today that its ColoMarker(TM) assay achieved 100 percent detection rate for colon cancers presented at stages I through III in pre-clinical trials. ColoMarker is the first assay of its kind to enable both early detection screening and patient management capabilities, presenting the potential to save time, money and, most importantly, lives.

"ColoMarker could radically change the way we detect and treat colon cancer," said Kevin Jones, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer of EDP. "In fact, 30 percent of colon cancer deaths annually are avoidable by early screening. ColoMarker can help save lives through early detection and effective treatment. It will also help reduce healthcare costs by eliminating unnecessary colonoscopies and other procedures."

Colon cancer is the second most prevalent cancer in the U.S., surpassed only by lung cancer. In 2009, nearly 150,000 new colon cancer cases will be confirmed and more than 55,000 people are projected to die from the disease.

ColoMarker could make accurate, early detection of colon cancer as easy as an additional blood test conducted as a routine part of patients' annual physicals, in much the same way Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) tests are used to screen for prostate cancer today. The assay would become the first to combine diagnostic applications with use as a patient management tool that could help physicians determine the effectiveness of colon cancer treatment in patients.

ColoMarker's Preliminary Potential

The pre-clinical trials, conducted from January through August 2009, evaluated 2,37
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