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EDP Biotech Takes Next Step in the Development of ColoMarker
Date:12/14/2009

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Dec. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Embarrassing and sometimes uncomfortable colonoscopies may soon be a thing of the past. National researchers are taking note of a new screening test that is making its way through the approval process. The Knoxville-based company, EDP Biotech Corporation (EDP) is pursuing a patent for the revolutionary, ColoMarker, an affordable medical device doctors can use to screen for colon cancer with only a blood sample. "When you consider that 30% of colon cancer deaths are avoidable by early screening, the need for a product like ColoMarker is there," says Kevin Jones, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer of EDP.

National researchers who study colorectal cancer are closely monitoring emerging technologies, like ColoMarker. Their findings are encouraging; just last week, the Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries released an optimistic report about the expected decline in deaths from colon cancer.

According to the study, the prediction is based on emerging methods for better screening and treatment. The scientists at EDP Biotech say that ColoMarker, screening statistics could soar and the numbers of deaths from colon cancer could plummet. "ColoMarker could lead to a radical shift in the way we detect and treat colon cancer," says Jones.

In pre-clinical trials, ColoMarker detected a very high percentage of stages I, II, and III colon cancers in people with the disease. The ColoMarker test looks for a substance in blood called

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