VANCOUVER, British Columbia & OTTAWA, Ontario — Contextual Genomics, a leading cancer genomics company, and Eastern Ontario Regional Laboratory Association (EORLA), a nonprofit organization offering high quality, patient focused, hospital-based lab services in Eastern Ontario, announced that they have partnered to bring Contextual Genomics’ ctDNA cancer genomic testing to EORLA’s Champlain Local Health Integration Network (CLHIN) of Eastern Ontario, Canada.
Contextual Genomics has developed the FOLLOW IT® cancer panel, a multiplex, next-generation sequencing genomic assay evaluating the mutation status of tumour DNA in plasma, identifying the somatic mutations that have the greatest potential to impact treatment decisions. EORLA will offer FOLLOW IT to its network as a part of Contextual Genomics’ FOLLOW IT Canadian Early Access Program (CEAP). Indicated patients are expected to benefit from this new option by providing a less invasive alternative to tissue biopsy and by the addition of more convenient localized blood draw collection sites.
Contextual Genomics’ Canadian Early Access Program for FOLLOW IT plasma-based genomic cancer testing is underway in British Columbia and Ontario, offering a patient-pay test for individuals with metastatic lung, breast and colorectal cancer. The FOLLOW IT panel tests for actionable mutations, potentially leading to changes in disease management. All CEAP testing is performed in the Contextual Genomics’ clinically accredited laboratory in Vancouver and results are available in 5-10 business days.
“We are excited to be providing access to FOLLOW IT testing through the Contextual Genomics’ Canadian Early Access Program,” said Greg Dorion, Vice President, Operations of EORLA. “This offering is in line with EORLA’s purpose – to deliver patient-focused, consistent, high-quality and cost-effective hospital-based laboratory services to meet the needs of Eastern Ontarians.”
“The partnership with EORLA, in support of our FOLLOW IT Canadian Early Access Program, is important to Canadians in this region, allowing them better access to important health care. We look forward to working with EORLA to ensure that all cancer patients in their region that would benefit from FOLLOW IT testing will have access through their hospital Network,” Michael Ball, Contextual Genomics’ Chief Executive Officer, commented in a statement.
About Contextual Genomics (www.contextualgenomics.com):
Contextual Genomics develops cost-effective and clinically actionable molecular tests that guide diagnosis and treatment of cancer. These customized tests are offered by our partner laboratories around the world with Contextual Genomics conducting cloud-based bioinformatics services via a SaaS model. The collection of data via this robust network of partners and the use of machine-learning tools allows Contextual Genomics to improve patient care through improved clinical trial enrollment and new treatment algorithms. Contextual Genomics is founded and managed by global leaders in cancer medicine and bioinformatics, who have unparalleled expertise in cancer genomics and the clonal evolution of cancer.
About Contextual Genomics’ Products and CEAP:
Contextual Genomics has developed the FIND IT® and FOLLOW IT® cancer panels. Both panels are multiplex, next-generation sequencing genomic assays designed for rapid deployment into labs around the world. Both FIND IT and FOLLOW IT evaluate the mutation status of tumour DNA (FIND IT for solid tumours; FOLLOW IT for cell-free circulating tumour DNA in plasma) at 146 well-characterized positions, identifying the somatic mutations that have the greatest potential to impact treatment decisions. QUALITY NEXUS® is a quality control system embedded into all FIND IT and FOLLOW IT assays and into Contextual Genomics’ cloud-based analysis engine. FIND IT and FOLLOW IT physician reports provide clear information on test interpretation and linkages to current therapeutic options. The FOLLOW IT Canadian Early Access Program is a program being run by Contextual Genomics in British Columbia and Ontario to provide patient-pay access to FOLLOW IT for patients with metastatic breast, lung and GI cancers.
The Eastern Ontario Regional Laboratory Association (EORLA) is a member-owned, non-profit organization encompassing the operation of 19 licensed, acute-care, hospital-based clinical laboratories that service clinical programs across the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (CLHIN) of Eastern Ontario. A leading, innovative model of integrated laboratory practices in the province, the purpose of EORLA is to deliver patient-focused, consistent, high-quality and cost-effective hospital-based laboratory services to meet the needs of the region’s patients.
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