CGI Receives Approval to Provide Oncology Testing for Patients in California
News Jan 05, 2015
Cancer Genetics, Inc has announced that its CLIA-certified, CAP-accredited reference laboratory has received licensure from the California Department of Health. The California Clinical Laboratory License will allow the company to provide its state-of-the art oncology testing services for patient samples from the state of California.
"Approval to provide our comprehensive oncology tests and services throughout California opens up the single largest US oncology diagnostics market to CGI, and will help accelerate our commercial growth. CGI is well positioned to continue to empower the personalization of treatment by providing our unique technologies and tests for a region that demands innovation and access to world-class medical technology," said Panna Sharma, CEO of Cancer Genetics. "Although cancer rates in the State of California are relatively stable, there is a tremendous need to improve the costs associated with patient management and therapeutic selection, and provide molecular insights that can enable earlier and more comprehensive diagnosis. We will work closely with our partners, and with our sales and commercial team, to add value for clinicians, cancer centers, and regional providers to enable better, more informed diagnosis and prognosis of cancer."
In 2014, more than 171,000 new cases of cancer were diagnosed in the State of California, representing more than 10 percent of the total cancer incidence in the United States. The company believes that its proprietary tests and complete programs for Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (NHL) and leukemia will be of particular benefit to California, where more than 6,800 new patients are diagnosed with NHL, and 4,300 additional patients are diagnosed with leukemia each year.
As genome editing technologies advance toward clinical therapies, they are raising hopes of a completely new way to treat disease. However, challenges need to be addressed before potential treatments can be widely used in patients. To tackle these challenges, the National Institutes of Health has launched the Somatic Cell Genome Editing program, which has awarded multiple grants including more than $3.6 million to assess the safety of genome editing in human cells and tissues.