BARCELONA, Spain, Nov. 20, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TESARO, Inc. (Nasdaq:TSRO) and Myriad Genetics (Nasdaq:MYGN) today announced a collaboration utilizing Myriad's myChoice HRD companion diagnostic (CDx) to identify tumor tissue with a deficiency in homologous recombination. Under the terms of the agreement, TESARO will utilize Myriad's test to enrich the target population for potential responders to niraparib. Myriad will provide testing services and pursue necessary regulatory approvals in support of TESARO's development of niraparib.
The Companies also described new data demonstrating that Myriad's myChoice HRD™ score is predictive of niraparib sensitivity in patient-derived xenograft models of ovarian cancer. These results were presented today by Dr. Paul Haluska, Jr., M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Oncology at the Mayo Clinic, at the 26th EORTC-NCI-AACR Symposium on Molecular Targets and Cancer Therapeutics in Barcelona, Spain.
"Myriad's myChoice HRD diagnostic test identifies the inherent biology of the tumor and differentiates tumors with homologous repair deficiencies from those without such deficiencies," said Mary Lynne Hedley, Ph.D., President and COO of TESARO. "Niraparib sensitivity in patient-derived xenograft models is associated with HRD status as defined by the myChoice HRD test."
"We are excited to be expanding our collaboration with TESARO as we strongly believe new diagnostics such as myChoice HRD, combined with targeted therapies such as niraparib, have the potential to significantly improve patient care," said Jerry Lanchbury, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer at Myriad. "myChoice HRD utilizes three proprietary measures to assess the genomic scar associated with the loss of DNA repair and has been shown in multiple clinical studies to be the most comprehensive predictor of tumor response to DNA damaging agents such as niraparib."
Summary of Xenograft Study Results
Patient-derived xenografts were created from more than 100 high grade serious ovarian cancer tumor samples. HRD testing was performed on each sample using myChoice HRD to define HRD status, detect BRCA 1 and 2 mutations and identify hypermethylation of BRCA genes. Approximately half of these models were HRD positive and are being evaluated for sensitivity to niraparib in vivo. Preliminary data from treated models indicate all models that responded to niraparib treatment had an HRD score above the predetermined cutoff value and included both BRCA mutant and BRCA wild type tumors. Evaluation of niraparib sensitivity across the full set of selected models is ongoing. These initial results indicate that identifying patients with homologous recombination deficiencies using myChoice HRD may help to identify patients who are most likely to respond to treatment with niraparib.
Niraparib is an orally active and potent poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase, or PARP, inhibitor. A Phase 1/2 monotherapy study of niraparib has been completed in more than 100 patients with advanced solid tumors. Two Phase 3 trials are currently ongoing to evaluate a single oral dose of niraparib as a maintenance therapy for patients with ovarian cancer and as a treatment for patients with BRCA-positive breast cancer.
About myChoice HRD™
Myriad's proprietary Homologous Recombination Deficiency (HRD) test detects DNA scars that indicative of a tumor that has lost the ability to repair double-stranded DNA breaks, resulting in increased susceptibility to DNA-damaging drugs. High HRD scores reflective of DNA repair deficiencies are prevalent in all breast cancer subtypes and most other major cancers. In previously published data, Myriad showed that the myChoice HRD test predicted drug response to platinum therapy in triple-negative breast cancer patients. It is estimated that up to 1.8 million people in the United States and Europe are diagnosed with cancers annually are candidates for treatment with DNA-damaging agents.
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