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Biocept and Academic Collaborators to Present Poster at ASCO on Circulating Tumor Cells (CTCs)
Date:6/2/2011

nly 1 of every 50-100 billion blood cells.  Biocept obtains patient samples via a simple blood draw, or "liquid biopsy", instead on relying on traditional biopsy methods or surgical procedures.  Existing methods to detect and enumerate CTCs rely only on the expression of epithelial cell adhesion molecule (EpCAM) and cytokeratins.  This limited selection may exclude cells that have undergone intrinsic modifications of their phenotype such as epithelial/mesenchymal transition (EMT).   EMT may represent a possible explanation for patients who, despite an aggressive disease, are found negative for the presence of CTCs.  Because it employs an antibody cocktail, OncoCEE™ has the potential to capture not only EpCAM but also mesenchymal-like cells.  Additionally, OncoCEE™ enables in situ analysis of predictive biomarkers like HER2 estrogen receptor (ER) and progesterone receptor (PR).

For more information, please contact Michael Dunn, Sr VP of Corporate Development at 888-332-7729 or by visiting Biocept's web site at http://www.biocept.com . The Company's website is not part of this press release.


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