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Biocept Granted Patent in China for Its Microfluidic Channel Technology Used to Capture Circulating Tumor Cells

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 18, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Biocept, Inc. (Nasdaq:BIOC), a molecular oncology diagnostics company specializing in circulating tumor cells (CTCs) and circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) biomarker analysis, today announced that the Company has been granted a patent in China for its microfluidic channel technology used to capture CTCs. The granted patent is the subject of Chinese Patent No. ZL200780032530.2, entitled, "Detection or Isolation of Target Molecules Using a Microchannel Apparatus."

This patent enhances Biocept's ongoing East-Asia expansion strategy, which aims to increase the adoption of blood-based liquid biopsies to test for biomarkers associated with cancer and help inform patients and their physicians when making treatment decisions.

Lyle Arnold, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer at Biocept, said, "The granting of this patent expands Biocept's international IP portfolio and positions the Company well in the Chinese market to be a potential leader in providing innovative technologies for capturing and analyzing circulating tumor cells."

About Biocept, Inc.

Biocept, Inc., headquartered in San Diego, California, is a commercial-stage oncology diagnostics company focused on providing information on patients' tumors to physicians using its proprietary technology platform to help improve individual patient treatment. Biocept has developed proprietary technology platforms for capture and analysis of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) and circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) utilizing a standard blood sample to provide physicians with important prognostic and predictive information to enhance individual treatment of their patients with cancer. Biocept currently offers its OncoCEE-BRTM test for breast cancer and plans to introduce tests for lung, colorectal, prostate and other solid tumors based on its proprietary technology platforms.

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CONTACT: Investor Contact: The Ruth Group David Burke (646) 536-7009 dburke@theruthgroup.com Media Contact: The Ruth Group Calvin Allen (646) 536-7002 callen@theruthgroup.comSource:Biocept, Inc.