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Ventana launches first fully automated IHC test to detect BRAF V600E mutation in a variety of cancers
Date:10/1/2013

TUCSON, Ariz., Oct 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. (Ventana), a member of the Roche Group, today announced the global launch of the industry's first BRAF V600E immunohistochemistry (IHC) test1 to detect the BRAF V600E mutation in a variety of tumors.  The test is designed to detect the most frequent BRAF mutation, V600E, which has been found to play a key role in a variety of cancers including colorectal cancer—the third most common type of cancer and third leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide.  The BRAF V600E mutation is also known to play a role in other cancers such as melanoma, papillary thyroid cancer and hairy cell leukemia.

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"As a leader in cancer diagnostics, Ventana is committed to providing unique immunohistochemistry assays for aiding in the diagnosis and management of a variety of cancers," says Ventana President Mara G. Aspinall. "The BRAF V600E (VE1) IHC in vitro diagnostic is a valuable addition to our assay portfolio to aid physicians and patients in the important stratification of colon cancer."

The Ventana BRAF V600E (VE1) Mouse Monoclonal Primary Antibody IHC assay is the result of the company's exclusive license agreement with the German Cancer Research Center (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, DKFZ) and the University Hospital Heidelberg, Germany to commercialize the novel IHC primary antibody that detects the V600E mutated BRAF protein.  It is the only fully automated IHC test providing lab professionals and pathologists with a highly sensitive and specific, standardized testing method for the assessment of the BRAF V600E mutation in tissue. The assay is optimized to perform on all VENTANA Benchmark IHC platforms with the OptiView DAB IHC Detection
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