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NuView Life Sciences and Thomas Jefferson University Sign Agreement for Exclusive Development and Commercialization Rights to Novel Prostate Cancer Diagnostic

Park City, UT (PRWEB) March 26, 2013

NuView Life Sciences (NLS), a privately-held company developing next generation imaging and in vitro diagnostic biomarkers with the ability to identify and locate disease at the earliest stages of development, today announced it has entered into an agreement with Thomas Jefferson University for exclusive development and commercialization rights to a novel urine screen for the early detection of Prostate and Bladder Cancer.

“We are excited to add this technology into the NuView Portfolio. This in vitro diagnostic is an excellent complement to our diagnostic imaging biomarkers in development,” stated Brian Dowd, Ph.D., Vice President of Clinical and Scientific Affairs at NLS. “Early and accurate detection of Prostate and Bladder Cancer should result in a significant reduction of invasive biopsy procedures and increase the probability for successful treatment outcomes in patients.”

This novel in vitro diagnostic (IVD) detects minute quantities of cancer cells shed into the urinary tract by measuring the expression of the vasoactive intestinal peptide/pituitary adenylate cyclase activating polypeptide receptor-1 (VPAC1) receptor. To date, the technology has displayed impressive sensitivity and specificity for the identification of Prostate and Bladder Cancer in human urine samples.

Previous work by Mathew Thakur, Ph.D., academic collaborator, Professor Radiology and Director of Radiopharmaceutical Research and Molecular Imaging at Thomas Jefferson University (TJU), Philadelphia, has shown Prostate Cancer cells express the oncogene product VPAC1 in high density on their cell surface. This occurs at a very early stage in oncogenic transformation, well before cell morphology alterations for histologic confirmation, and even well before the elevation of Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA). NuView is also developing NLS-VPAC1, a positron emission tomography (PET)-based imaging agent that measures VPAC1 expression levels for identification and localization of malignant Breast and Prostate tumors.

There remains a large unmet medical need for the accurate and early detection of Prostate and Bladder Cancer. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men and over 72,000 men and women are estimated to be diagnosed with Bladder Cancer in the U.S. in 2013. Mortality from Prostate and Bladder Cancer strongly correlates with the stage of disease upon diagnosis. Therefore, the ability to detect early-stage cancer before clinical presentation would have a dramatic effect upon patient outcomes.

Currently, routine screening of the general public for bladder cancer is not recommended by any major professional organization. This is due to lack of a sensitive and specific test that will detect bladder cancer in individual not presenting clinical symptoms of disease. Current screening for Prostate Cancer by digital rectal examination (DRE) and Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) tests results in low cancer predictive ability and increases the number of referrals for invasive biopsy.

About NuView Life Sciences

NuView Life Sciences is a privately held company whose mission is the development and commercialization of a new generation of molecular imaging diagnostic agents and disease-specific biomarkers. We are developing a vertically integrated, radiopharmaceutical manufacturing, and distribution organization to address current supply problems in the marketplace and facilitate development of our product pipeline.

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