Cancer Genetics Announces Launch of CALR Mutation Analysis Test to Assist in Diagnosis of Acute Leukemias & Myeloproliferative Neoplasms

  • New Test Launch Extends CGI's Leadership in Genomic Testing for Blood Cancers
  • CALR Genetic Mutation Test Will Be A Part of CGI's Comprehensive Focus on Leukemia

RUTHERFORD, N.J., April 4, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cancer Genetics, Inc. (Nasdaq:CGIX) ("CGI" or the "Company"), an emerging leader in DNA-based cancer diagnostics, has launched a genetic diagnostic test for detecting mutations in the calreticulin (CALR) gene. This test helps physicians identify patients with certain types of myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN), which are blood cancers that have the potential to evolve into acute leukemia. Approximately 3 million patients in the U.S. are currently diagnosed with MPNs. CGI is one of the first laboratories in the U.S. to offer this test under both CLIA and NY-State Approvals.

In addition to having diagnostic value, the CALR mutation analysis also has the potential to provide significant prognostic value. Patients with the CALR mutation are understood to have more favorable disease outcomes (including lower risk of thrombosis) as well as longer overall survival in comparison to patients who possess other biomarkers (such as the JAK2 mutation). Therefore, the results of the test could have implications in predicting a patient's outlook.

"CALR mutation analysis allows for a more comprehensive diagnosis of patients with myeloproliferative neoplasms," said Dr. Lan Wang, MD, Medical Director at Cancer Genetics. "This test can help simplify the diagnosis of MPN and may be helpful in stratifying patients according to whether they should receive aggressive or conservative disease management. We see CALR mutation testing becoming one of the routine genomic tests provided to MPN patients."

Mr. Panna Sharma, CEO of Cancer Genetics added, "The CALR mutation analysis is a valuable addition to our test menu. The availability of this test positions CGI as one of the most comprehensive laboratories in the U.S. for MPN and acute leukemia. In launching this test, we responded quickly to demand from the clinical community, demonstrating our ability to rapidly adapt in a fast-paced, evolving environment."

Myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN) are a related group of blood cancers that are characterized by the overproduction of mature blood cells.1 Recent advances in research have demonstrated that mutations in the CALR gene can serve as an important biomarker in the diagnosis of two subtypes of patients with MPN: Essential Thrombocythemia (ET) and Primary Myelofibrosis (PMF) 2, 3. CALR mutations do not appear to occur in patients with JAK2 and MPL mutations, which are other well established biomarkers in leukemia.

The value of Calreticulin (CALR) to serve as a biomarker was demonstrated in two independent studies by leading researchers that were conducted last year and published simultaneously in the New England Journal of Medicine 2, 3. Both studies were also presented as late breaking abstracts at the 55th annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology (ASH).

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1. Swerdlow SH, Campo E, Harris NL, et al. WHO classification of tumours of haematopoietic and lymphoid tissue. Lyon, France: IARC Press, 2008.

2. Klampfl T, Gisslinger H, Harutyunyan AS, et al. Somatic mutations of Calreticulin in myeloproliferative neoplasms. N Engl J Med 2013; 369:2379-90.

3. Nangalia J, Massie CE, Baxter EJ, et al. Somatic CALR mutations in myeloproliferative neoplasms with nonmutated JAK2. N Engl J Med 2013; 369:2391-405.

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