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OvaGene Oncology Licenses Gene-Based Technologies to Develop Novel Endometrial and Cervical Cancer Assays
Date:7/12/2010

IRVINE, Calif., July 12 /PRNewswire/ -- OvaGene Oncology Inc., a biotechnology company specializing in the development and commercialization of personalized DNA-based diagnostics for gynecologic cancer, announced today that it has completed license agreements with key Norwegian cancer researchers.  The agreements allow OvaGene to validate two new promising genomic technologies with the intention of developing these into clinical laboratory tests. Validation studies and the subsequent migration of both tests to the new OvaGene CLIA lab are expected to occur over the next twelve to eighteen months.

The first technology, licensed from the University of Bergen Tech Office BTO (Bergan, Norway), is a proprietary method for identifying high risk endometrial cancer patients diagnosed with early stage cancer.  Approximately 37,000 stage I or II endometrial cancer patients are diagnosed annually in the U.S.  Early stage cases are typically treated with surgery only but higher risk patients may be up-staged making them eligible to receive chemotherapy.  The BTO licensed technology has the ability to identify a molecular component in early stage patients linked with high risk.  

"If we are able to validate this set of molecular markers gynecologic oncologists will be better educated with regard to whom should be offered adjuvant therapy for early stage endometrial cancer," said Neil Finkler, M.D., OvaGene's Chief Medical Officer. "Presently, we use pathological factors to determine risk which can lead to over treatment of some groups of women with adjuvant therapy while not offering therapy to some that may benefit. Hopefully these molecular markers will allow us to better define who should be offered additional the
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