Under the terms of the three-year contract agreement, CGI will leverage the power of Roche's FDA-approved cobas® platform as the Company seeks to become a center of excellence for oncology-focused testing in the region. Roche's cobas® technology allows for the amplification and sequencing of targeted genomic regions of interest, using mutational status to guide appropriate treatment selection.
"When we began our relationship with Cancer Genetics, we were looking for a provider that would guarantee us the quality of the test, since that directly impacts patient care and outcome. For our patients every minute is crucial and we also wanted the focus on quality to be accompanied by excellent response and turnaround times. Over the past two years of the relationship, Cancer Genetics has continually demonstrated their commitment to both our quality requirements and response time needs. These shared values with Roche are proof that they understand the importance of getting treatment and solutions to our patients. Since day one, Cancer Genetics, has been a true business partner," said Alvaro Soto, CEO of Roche Services.
Additionally, under the agreement, CGI will be the exclusive provider of molecular diagnostic cancer testing for Roche Servicios in Central America and the Caribbean. This expanded relationship covers multiple disease categories, including testing for lung cancer, breast cancer, and lymphoma. CGI first began offering such testing for Roche Servicios in late 2012.
"The multiyear contract and expansion of our relationship with Roche Servicios is testament to the quality of the molecular diagnostic services we provide, and the focus we have on meeting clinical oncology needs," stated Panna Sharma, CEO of CGI. "Our proprietary testing solutions coupled with state-of-the-art molecular testing enables Roche Servicios to deliver personalized cancer treatment for their patients throughout the region, bringing state-of-the-art biomarker-based cancer testing into the community setting where it will have the greatest impact."
CGI will initially focus on cobas®-based testing starting with the FDA-approved epidermal growth factor receptor (EGRF) mutation test, intended to help select non-small cell lung cancer patients for treatment with EGFR inhibitors. The partnership allows for expansion into other cancer categories and regions as mutually decided by CGI and Roche.
According to the American Cancer Society, there were an estimated 255,900 new cases of cancer in Central America and the Caribbean in 2008, representing more than 2% of all cases globally. Lancet Oncology, the world's leading oncology journal, reports that while the incidence rate in the region is far lower than in the U.S. and Europe, the mortality rate is substantially higher due to late diagnosis and lack of treatment access.