Agendia has announced at the St. Gallen International Breast Cancer Conference that new guidelines of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Gynäkologische Onkologie (AGO) recommend the MammaPrint® 70-gene breast cancer recurrence assay in Germany’s 2015 guidelines for early-stage invasive breast cancer.
"We are extremely pleased that this expert panel has recognized MammaPrint and the substantial body of clinical evidence supporting it," said Jan Egberts, MD, Agendia’s Chief Executive Officer. "MammaPrint is the only breast cancer recurrence assay recommended in the AGO guidelines that is supported by peer-reviewed, prospective five-year outcome data to determine which patients are at low risk of breast cancer recurrence and can therefore safely forego chemotherapy.”
At the St. Gallen conference, Agendia sponsored an evening symposia presented by Fatima Cardoso, MD, PhD that highlighted the MINDACT Trial and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) recent decision to grant MammaPrint its sixth FDA 510(k) clearance. The most recent clearance is for use in formalin-fixed paraffin embedded (FFPE) tissue samples.
MammaPrint provides an unambiguous binary Low Risk or High Risk recurrence result. It is part of Agendia’s suite of breast cancer assays that also includes the BluePrint® 80-gene molecular subtyping assay and TargetPrint®, a gene-expression assay. BluePrint provides additional therapy-predictive information, identifying the functional molecular subtype of breast cancer and the associated tumor response to neoadjuvant therapy. Like MammaPrint and TargetPrint, BluePrint is performed on FFPE. It is the most widely available test that uncovers the functional molecular subtype of a woman’s breast cancer.
“Agendia’s suite of breast cancer recurrence assays fundamentally changes the conversation at the critical point where treatment decisions are being made,” said Egberts. “While MammaPrint test results eliminate the ambiguity of the intermediate result seen in up to 39% of other tests, functional molecular subtyping by BluePrint provides greater insight into the tumor biology that just isn’t available from most of the other breast cancer recurrence assays on the market.”
MammaPrint is available worldwide and has substantial insurance coverage, including Medicare, regional, and national insurers, encompassing an estimated 200 million lives in the U.S.
The 14th St. Gallen International Breast Cancer Conference took place in Vienna, Austria, March 18-21, 2015.