Rosetta Genomics has announced that it has signed an agreement with the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, to provide the company with samples of metastases found in brain tissue. The samples will then be analyzed using Rosetta Genomics' miRdicator™ technology to determine the origin of the metastasis.
"This is a significant step towards initiating the clinical validation for our cancer of unknown primary diagnostic test, "said Amir Avniel, President and CEO of Rosetta Genomics.
"The samples we will receive from the Henry Ford Hospital will help validate our lead diagnostic program and advance it forward towards launching the first microRNA-based diagnostic test."
The brain is one of the leading sites where metastases of unknown origin are found. Rosetta Genomics CUP (Cancer of Unknown Primary) test is designed to identify the site where the metastasis originated by analyzing the unique microRNA signature of each metastasis and comparing it to the signature of known primary sites.
"Our CUP diagnostic program has been showing rapid progress over the past few months," noted Dalia Cohen, Rosetta Genomics' Global Head of R&D. "We are continually expanding the test, and believe we have reached a point where we can confidently begin running "blind" samples of metastases on our miRdicator™ platform to identify their origin."