Interpace Diagnostics Acquires Select Assets of Rosetta Genomics Out of Bankruptcy
Several Former Rosetta Employees and Select Customers Also Join Interpace
Parsippany, NJ, Aug. 15, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Interpace Diagnostics Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: IDXG) (“Interpace” or “the Company”), a fully integrated bioinformatics and commercial company that provides clinically useful molecular diagnostic tests, related first line assessments and pathology services for improved patient diagnosis and management, today announced that it has successfully acquired a majority of the equipment of Rosetta Genomics’ Philadelphia laboratory through a bankruptcy auction. Interpace acquired, for an undisclosed amount of cash, 64 select lots of laboratory assets, including freezers, refrigerators, PCR machines, advanced slide scanning equipment as well as laboratory supplies and specialty furniture. The laboratory assets will further support the Company’s CLIA and CAP certified lab expansion in its Pittsburgh, PA and New Haven, CT laboratories.
Since the bankruptcy filing of Rosetta Genomics in May 2018, the Company has also hired several former key Rosetta employees and select former Rosetta customers have transitioned their accounts to Interpace’s thyroid assays. Interpace believes it is uniquely licensed to process thyroid slide biopsies, the primary specimen type for Rosetta’s Reveal™ product.
According to Jack Stover, President and CEO of Interpace, “We are proud to be serving many of the former Rosetta customers and are very pleased to have several highly-qualified Rosetta employees join the Interpace team. The cost effective, specialty equipment we acquired will be especially helpful as we continue to expand our new product offerings, including our slide products even further, under our combined ThyGeNEXT™ / ThyraMIR® assays for indeterminate thyroid nodules.”
About Interpace Diagnostics Group, Inc.
Interpace is a fully integrated commercial and bioinformatics company that provides clinically useful molecular diagnostic tests, related first line assays and pathology services for evaluating risk of cancer by leveraging the latest technology in personalized medicine for improved patient diagnosis and management. The Company currently has four commercialized molecular tests and one test in a clinical evaluation process (CEP); PancraGEN® for the diagnosis and prognosis of pancreatic cancer from pancreatic cysts, biliary strictures and solid masses; ThyGenX® (now ThyGeNEXT™), for the diagnosis of thyroid cancer from thyroid nodules utilizing a next generation sequencing assay; ThyraMIR®, for the diagnosis of thyroid cancer from thyroid nodules utilizing a proprietary gene expression assay; and RespriDX™ that differentiates lung cancer of primary vs. metastatic origin. BarreGEN® for Barrett's Esophagus, is currently being “soft launched” with key opinion leaders as we continue to gather data on this assay that will assist us in seeking favorable reimbursement as well as important clinical information. Barrett's Esophagus is a rapidly growing condition that affects over three million people in the US and over time can progress to esophageal cancer. The Interpace data base includes data from over 45,000 patients who have been tested using the Company’s current products, including over 15,000 molecular tests for thyroid nodules. Interpace has been designated by CIO Applications as one of the top 20 companies for providing bioinformatics solutions. Interpace’s mission is to provide personalized medicine through molecular diagnostics, innovation and data to advance patient care based on rigorous science. For more information, please visit Interpace’s website at www.interpacediagnostics.com
About Thyroid Nodules, ThyGenX® (now ThyGeNEXTTM) and ThyraMIR® testing
According to the American Thyroid Association, approximately 15% to 30% of the 525,000 thyroid fine needle aspirations (FNAs) performed on an annual basis in the U.S. are indeterminate for malignancy based on standard cytological evaluation, and thus are candidates for ThyGenX® (and now ThyGeNEXT™) and ThyraMIR®.
ThyGenX® (and now ThyGeNEXT™) and ThyraMIR® reflex testing yields high predictive value in determining the presence and absence of cancer in thyroid nodules. The combination of both tests can improve risk stratification and surgical decision-making when standard cytopathology does not provide a clear diagnosis for the presence of cancer.
ThyGenX® (and now ThyGeNEXT™) utilizes state-of-the-art next-generation sequencing (NGS) to identify more than 100 genetic alterations associated with papillary and follicular and medullary thyroid carcinomas, the two most common forms of thyroid cancer. ThyraMIR® is the first microRNA gene expression classifier. MicroRNAs are small, non-coding RNAs that bind to messenger RNA and regulate expression of genes involved in human cancers, including every subtype of thyroid cancer. ThyraMIR® measures the expression of 10 microRNAs, and through a proprietary algorithm, provides insight of cancer risk. Both ThyGenX® (and now ThyGeNEXT™) and ThyraMIR® are covered by both Medicare and Commercial insurers.
ThyGeNEXT™ is a proprietary newly expanded mutational panel for indeterminate thyroid nodules. ThyGeNEXT™ includes numerous additional molecular markers, gene mutations, and RNA fusions compared to ThyGenX®. The new product represents a more comprehensive set of indicators to not only identity malignant or benign nodules, but also ascertain aggressiveness and other characteristics.
PancraGEN® is a molecular test for pancreatic cysts and pancreaticobiliary solid lesions that, by using a small sample of pancreatic cyst fluid or biopsy, can aid in pancreatic cancer risk assessment. PancraGEN® is 90% accurate in pancreatic cysts according to clinical studies, enabling effective risk stratification of patients. Pancreatic cancer is often difficult to diagnose in early stages and typically spreads rapidly with signs and symptoms appearing when the cancer is significantly advanced. Because of this, pancreatic cancer is a leading cause of cancer deaths.
RespriDx™ is a molecular test that differentiates between new primary lung tumors and metastasis by identifying the unique molecular fingerprint of a tumor using a series of tumor markers and loss of heterozygosity (LOH). Discerning whether a lung neoplasm is the result of a newly formed tumor or metastasis is of critical importance when determining appropriate and effective patient management, e.g. surgery, chemotherapy, neoadjuvant treatment, etc.
Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, relating to the Company's future financial and operating performance, competitive and market conditions and future business decisions, all of which are difficult or impossible to predict accurately and many of which are beyond the Company's control. These statements also involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the Company's actual results to be materially different from those expressed or implied by any forward-looking statement. Known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors include, but are not limited to, the Company's history of net losses, the Company’s ability to adequately finance the business, the market's acceptance of its molecular diagnostic tests, its ability to retain or secure reimbursement, its ability to secure additional business and generate higher profit margins through sales of its molecular diagnostic tests, in-licensing or other means, projections of future revenues, growth, gross profit and anticipated internal rate of return on investments and its ability to maintain its NASDAQ listing. Additionally, all forward-looking statements are subject to the “Risk Factors” detailed from time to time in the Company's December 31, 2017 Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 23, 2018 and the Company’s Form 10-Q’s.
Because of these and other risks, uncertainties and assumptions, undue reliance should not be placed on these forward-looking statements. In addition, these statements speak only as of the date of this press release and, except as may be required by law, the Company undertakes no obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statements for any reason.
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Released August 15, 2018