Corporate Banner
Satellite Banner
Molecular & Clinical Diagnostics
Scientific Community
 
Become a Member | Sign in
Home>News>This Article
  News
Return

EKF Molecular Launches Cancer Gene Detection Technologies at ASCO

Published: Monday, May 27, 2013
Last Updated: Monday, May 27, 2013
Bookmark and Share
PointMan™ DNA Enrichment kits to be introduced at ASCO 2013 Stand 19117.

EKF Diagnostics has announced the launch of EKF Molecular Diagnostics’ PointMan™ DNA Enrichment kits at ASCO 2013, 31st May - 4th June, Chicago.

The global launch will comprise three kits for enriching mutations in BRAF, KRAS and EGFR T790M genes associated with skin melanoma, colorectal and lung cancers.

PointMan kits offer highly-specific and ultra-sensitive enrichment of mutant genes in a background of wild-type (normal) genes that is unmatched by existing technologies.

The launch of the new PointMan kits on Stand 19117 is the first new product introduction since EKF’s acquisition of 360 Genomics Limited and the establishment of EKF Molecular Diagnostics in March 2013.

EKF Molecular was set up to offer innovative products with the potential to change current DNA extraction and detection practices, in order to best support the fast growing companion diagnostics market.

PointMan, is a real-time PCR technology that provides reliable and extremely sensitive detection for cancer mutations.

It is highly efficient in amplifying the target sequence of interest, whilst suppressing amplification of the wild-type.

The resulting sample is effectively enriched for the mutation, thereby having the potential to offer industry leading sensitivity in a wide variety of sample types.

PointMan DNA enrichment kits can also be used to enrich all mutant sequences within the gene of interest using a single set of reagents, unlike competing technology that requires a separate reagent set for each mutation within a gene sequence.

These kits offer fast, efficient and cost effective enrichment of mutant gene sequences for researchers in the pharmaceutical industry developing anti-cancer therapies.

At ASCO, EKF Molecular Diagnostics will also premiere its pipeline of PointMan enrichment kits currently in development for other cancer-related mutations.

The three PointMan kits initially being launched for the Research Use Only market, with planned diagnostic registration in Europe in 2014, are:
PointMan BRAF DNA Enrichment Kit
The BRAF gene has proven utility in the treatment of melanoma, as well as colorectal cancer.
PointMan KRAS DNA Enrichment Kit
The KRAS gene has proven utility in the treatment of colorectal cancer.
PointMan EGFR T790M DNA Enrichment Kit
T790M mutation in EGFR (epidermal growth factor receptor) has been associated with about 50% of patients who develop resistance to EGFR targeted therapies in non-small cell lung cancer.

Andrew Webb, Chief Executive Officer of EKF Molecular, said: “The launch of these three kits, which are the first in a line of further expected PointMan product launches, comes ahead of schedule and represents step one in our operational development plan for the newly established EKF Molecular Diagnostics.”


Further Information
Access to this exclusive content is for Technology Networks Premium members only.

Join Technology Networks Premium for free access to:

  • Exclusive articles
  • Presentations from international conferences
  • Over 2,500+ scientific posters on ePosters
  • More than 3,700+ scientific videos on LabTube
  • 35 community eNewsletters


Sign In



Forgotten your details? Click Here
If you are not a member you can join here

*Please note: By logging into TechnologyNetworks.com you agree to accept the use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our privacy policy.

Related Content

EKF Diagnostics’ Growth Drives New Role Creation
Expanding business welcomes new faces to further strengthen IVD expertise and new product development.
Saturday, July 18, 2015
EKF Diagnostics Collaborates with Joslin Diabetes Center
Supporting the ongoing clinical and commercial development of early Diabetic Kidney Disease biomarkers.
Monday, November 17, 2014
Studies Validate EKF Diagnostics’ Early Stage Test for Progressive DKD
Independent scientific evidence confirms novel sTNFR1/2 biomarkers can accurately predict end-stage renal disease, up to 10 years in advance.
Friday, May 23, 2014
New Clinical Diagnostics Distributor Program Enhances EKF Customer Service
EKF Diagnostics appoints Simona Carnielli as new EMEA Distribution Manager.
Thursday, May 08, 2014
EKF Diagnostics Acquires Selah Genomics and DiaSpect Medical
Combined with the recent acquisition of Seperation Technology the purchases strengthen EKF’s product and services offering.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
EKF Diagnostics Acquires Separation Technology
Acquisition complements EKF’s existing offering in the hemoglobin testing market place.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
PointMan™ Enriches Low-level DNA Mutations from Whole Blood
Ultra-sensitive PointMan™ enables blood sampling instead of tissue biopsies for cancer patient mutation status assessment.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Scientific News
Long Telomeres Associated with Increased Lung Cancer Risk
Genetic predisposition for long telomeres predicts increased lung adenocarcinoma risk.
Paving the way to Better Ovarian Cancer Diagnosis
Aïcha BenTaieb will present her invention for automated identification of ovarian cancer’s many subtypes at an international conference this fall.
The Genetic Roots of Adolescent Scoliosis
Scientists at the RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences in collaboration with Keio University in Japan have discovered a gene that is linked to susceptibility of Scoliosis.
Diagnostic Test Developed for Enterovirus D68
researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have developed a diagnostic test to quickly detect enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), a respiratory virus that caused unusually severe illness in children last year.
Tracking Breast Cancer Before it Grows
A team of scientists led by University of Saskatchewan researcher Saroj Kumar is using cutting-edge Canadian Light Source techniques to screen and treat breast cancer at its earliest changes.
The Light of Fireflies for Medical Diagnostics
EPFL scientists have exploited the light of fireflies in a new method that detects biological molecules without the need for complex devices and high costs.
Could a simple saliva test detect Alzheimer's?
Researchers have presented findings suggesting that a simple, non-invasive diagnostic for Alzheimer's could be within reach.
Cheap Diagnostics with a Portable "Paper Machine"
Scientists have developed a cheap, portable system for point of care diagnostics for a range of infectious diseases, genetic conditions and cancer.
New Variant of Streptococcal Bacteria
Scientists have discovered a new variant of streptococcal bacteria that has contributed to a rise in disease cases in the UK over the last 17 years.
New Insights into “Antenna” of Human Cells
Scientists from the University of Leeds have uncovered the most comprehensive list yet of genes implicated in a group of common inherited diseases.
Skyscraper Banner

Skyscraper Banner
Go to LabTube
Go to eposters
 
Access to the latest scientific news
Exclusive articles
Upload and share your posters on ePosters
Latest presentations and webinars
View a library of 1,800+ scientific and medical posters
2,500+ scientific and medical posters
A library of 2,500+ scientific videos on LabTube
3,700+ scientific videos
Close
Premium CrownJOIN TECHNOLOGY NETWORKS PREMIUM FREE!