DiaCarta Announces Successful Completion of Oncuria® Validation Study with Nonagen Bioscience
DiaCarta Starts to Receive Samples for Oncuria® Bladder Cancer Test at its CLIA Lab
PLEASANTON, CA and LOS ANGELES, CA—January 5, 2023—DiaCarta, Ltd. (“DiaCarta”), a precision molecular diagnostics company, and Nonagen Bioscience Corporation (“Nonagen”), a cancer diagnostics company, today announced the successful completion of the validation study of Oncuria® multiplex bladder cancer immunoassay as a laboratory developed test (“LDT”). DiaCarta also announced that it has begun receiving patient urine samples for testing in its CLIA certified lab in Pleasanton, California.
Oncuria is a multiplex protein-based urine test aiming to provide early and accurate detection, therapy choice, and disease monitoring of bladder cancer. Oncuria detects concentrations of 10 proteins associated with bladder cancer in urine samples. In clinical studies, Oncuria was shown to have 93% sensitivity and 93% specificity for detecting bladder cancer. Additionally, Oncuria has demonstrated consistent sensitivity and specificity across bladder cancer tumor grades and stages. Oncuria’s accuracy is especially meaningful for detecting low-grade tumors, which is an area of high unmet need in bladder cancer management. Oncuria is intended for use, in conjunction with, and not in lieu of, current standard diagnostic procedures.
The American Medical Association has issued dedicated Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) Proprietary Laboratory Analyses (PLA) codes—Oncuria Detect 0365U, Oncuria Monitor 0366U, and Oncuria Predict 0367U—which are effective as of January 1, 2023.
Oncuria received Breakthrough Device Designation from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in September 2021 for predicting responses to Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) therapy, a first-line treatment for bladder cancer. Oncuria’s predictive capability is noteworthy given the current shortage of BCG.
Oncuria was developed and patented in the U.S. and China by Nonagen. DiaCarta has licensed the exclusive right to offer Oncuria as a LDT testing service in the U.S. and plans to work with Nonagen to pursue regulatory approvals in the U.S. and China.
“The results of our collaborative validation study with Nonagen Bioscience are exciting and showcase Oncuria as a truly novel test with potential as an aid for the early diagnosis of bladder cancer, monitoring of tumor recurrence, and predicting responses to therapy,” said Aiguo (Adam) Zhang PhD, President & CEO of DiaCarta. “This product complements DiaCarta’s existing suite of novel liquid biopsy tests, including the RadToxTM cfDNA test to monitor tumor response, and the ColoScapeTM Colorectal Cancer test, further strengthening our robust LDT portfolio,” concluded Dr. Zhang.
“DiaCarta’s expertise in developing oncology tests using liquid biopsy makes them an ideal lab services partner for making Oncuria available as a laboratory developed test,” said Charles Joel Rosser, MD, MBA, chief executive officer at Nonagen Bioscience. “We are thrilled to be collaborating with DiaCarta to give doctors a new, highly accurate, and versatile diagnostic tool to manage bladder cancer.”
DiaCarta is a molecular diagnostics company that has developed innovative technologies that transform patient care by providing effective precision diagnostics using liquid biopsy. Its novel XNA technology provides a high level of sensitivity as it binds to the wild-type sequence, which enables only the mutant target sequence to be amplified. Using this technology, DiaCarta has developed its ColoScape™ colorectal cancer mutation test. Powered by its SuperbDNA™ technology that amplifies the signal and requires no RNA/DNA extraction or amplification, DiaCarta has developed its RadTox™ test which personalizes radiation and chemotherapy, mitigates adverse events and enhances patient care. Based in Pleasanton, California, DiaCarta is ISO certified, GMP-compliant, and offers CLIA certified laboratory services to its customers. www.diacarta.com
On October 14, 2022, DiaCarta and HH&L Acquisition Co. (NYSE: HHLA), a special purpose acquisition corporation, entered into a definitive business combination agreement that would result in DiaCarta becoming a public company.
About Nonagen Bioscience
Nonagen Bioscience is a privately-held biotechnology company that is focused on globally reducing the burden of cancer with innovative diagnostics. As a physician-led company, Nonagen Bioscience is committed to bringing to market the best-in-class, noninvasive diagnostics for cancer detection, therapy choice, and disease monitoring, so patients can live better, longer lives. The Los Angeles-based company was founded in 2011 and is currently developing diagnostics for bladder, breast, and prostate cancers. Pending FDA approval, Nonagen Bioscience intends to make its bladder cancer test, Oncuria, available as an in vitro diagnostic. www.nonagen.com.
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