ColoScape™ Colorectal Cancer Detection Test

Improved sensitivity for colorectal cancer detection with liquid biopsy

ColoScape™ Colorectal Cancer Detection Test is a novel highly sensitive in vitro diagnostic assay using the qPCR-based multi-gene panel for the qualitative detection of colorectal cancer-associated gene mutations in liquid biopsy and FFPE tissue samples. The kit utilizes our XNA technology which leverages a sequence-specific clamp made by xeno-nucleic acid (XNA) to suppress PCR amplification of wild-type DNA template and selectively amplify only mutant DNA template, reaching sensitivity at 0.1% to 0.5% Variant Allele Frequency (VAF) with 10 ng DNA input. The detection kit identifies the presence or absence of mutations in the targeted regions of four colon cancer-associated genes.

The assay can be performed on qPCR instrumentation that is already available in hospital pathology laboratories. Unlike other colorectal cancer tests on the market, ColoScape™ provides a comprehensive profile of the key colorectal cancer ‘driver’ and ‘resistance’ mutations (gene variation landscape) and offers oncologists valuable information to evaluate targeted therapy options. ColoScape™ could also be used to complement existing colorectal cancer detection tests.

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Product Catalog

CE Version: DC-30-0024E

Research-Use Version: DC-30-0024R

Pack Size: 24 Reactions

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Advantages of ColoScape™ Colorectal Cancer Mutation Detection Test


A blood or FFPE sample test intended to detect  colorectal cancer mutation at the treatable stage


Reliably detects 0.1% to 0.5% VAF mutant DNA out of wild-type DNA for targeted mutations

Clinical Sensitivity

66.6% for advanced adenomas (pre-cancer, stage 0); ≥ 88.9% for colorectal cancer (stage I to IV)

low input dna

Minimum 10 ng input DNA per reaction

Diagnostic Aid

Aids colonoscopists in the diagnosis of serrated advanced adenomas

Prediction of Therapy Response

Proprietary XNA technology accurately identifies wild-type and mutant status of relevant genes

Fast Result

Less than 4 hours of assay run time

Comprehensive Coverage

Patented gene panel covering 4 genes and 15 mutations

Great Versatility

Only requires routine qPCR instruments that are available in common research discovery and pathology labs

What Is Colorectal Cancer?

Colorectal cancer is cancer that starts in the colon or the rectum. These cancers can also be named colon cancer or rectal cancer, depending on where they start. Colon cancer and rectal cancer are often grouped together because they have many features in common. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the world and in the U.S.

People died of colorectal cancer in 2018

New cases a year for rectal cancer

New cases a year for colon cancer

New cases a year for colorectal cancer


Stage I colon cancer 5-year survival rate


Stage I rectal cancer 5-year survival rate


Stage IV colon cancer 5-year survival rate


Stage IV rectal cancer 5-year survival rate

Death from Colorectal Cancer is Preventable

The trend for the death rate of colorectal cancer has dropped steadily over the years. The development of colorectal cancer takes about 15 years and the death from colorectal cancer is preventable with early diagnosis. Therefore, early screening and diagnosis of colorectal cancer screening is strongly suggested.

According to the American Cancer Society, the guideline for colorectal screening is to start the screening at age 50 (most recent changes to age 45). However, among the 98 million Americans aged 50 to 84, one-third of them are not screened for colorectal cancer for different reasons.

The Challenges and Drawbacks for the Current Colorectal Cancer Detection Methods

As a gold standard for colon cancer screening, invasive colonoscopy not only identifies the polyps on the surface of the colon but removes them as well. However, part of the reasons that one-third of the population aged 50 to 84 is not using this screening tool is due to either the unpleasant experience for the preparation of colonoscopy or worries of medical complications caused by bleeding and infection during the process of colonoscopy.

The traditional non-invasive assays such as FIT assays are based on a blood test using immunochemistry, but their sensitivity is much lower (and are therefore inaccurate) compared to the invasive tests.

Molecular diagnostics has only recently been approved for colorectal screening as a powerful non-invasive testing. The currently available ColoGuard test uses stool samples making the screening less inconvenient. However, the stool samples are shipped to a central laboratory for processing and testing, restricting the test availability in local clinical testing labs where patients often seek for these tests. In addition, the test also uses multiple instruments such as liquid handling instruments, qPCR instruments and ELISA readers, making the costly investment a barrier for localization of the test.

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Colonoscopy (Invasive)

Colonoscopy is the gold standard for colorectal cancer screening. It allows a doctor to closely to see the inside of the entire colon and rectum for polyps, which could be an early sign of cancer and grow over time to develop cancer.

Sensitivity – Colorectal Cancer: 95% 
Sensitivity – Advanced Adenomas: 95%
Specificity: 90%

Sigmoidoscopy (Invasive)

Examination of sigmoid colon (most distant part of colon) by means of a flexible tube inserted through the anus.

Sensitivity – Colorectal Cancer: ~50% 
Sensitivity – Advanced Adenomas: ~50% 
Specificity: 92%

CT Colonography (Invasive)

Computed tomography (CT) colonography or virtual colonoscopy uses special x-ray equipment to examine the large intestine for cancer and growths called polyps.

Sensitivity – Colorectal Cancer: 96% 
Sensitivity – Advanced Adenomas: 94% 
Specificity: 86% to 96%

gFOBT (Non-Invasive)

gFOBT (guaiac fecal occult blood test) is a test that checks for occult (hidden) blood in the stool.

Sensitivity – Colorectal Cancer: Hemoccult SENSA: 70%; Hemoccult II: 40%
Sensitivity – Advanced Adenomas: 
Hemoccult SENSA: 24; Hemoccult II: 12%
Specificity: Hemoccult SENSA:95%; Hemoccut II: 98%

FIT (Non-Invasive)

FIT (fecal immunochemical test) is a test that checks for occult (hidden) blood in the stool.

Sensitivity – Colorectal Cancer: 70% 
Sensitivity – Advanced Adenomas: 22%
Specificity: 95%

ColoGuard® (Non-Invasive)

ColoGuard® is an FDA-approved test (2014) for colorectal cancer by checking gene mutations and methylations from stool DNA. Source: ColoGuard® 

Sensitivity – Colorectal Cancer: 92%
Sensitivity – Advanced Adenomas: 69%
Specificity: 89%

ColoScape™ (Non-Invasive, suitable for both liquid biopsy and FFPE samples)

ColoScape™ is a novel multi-gene mutationg gene panel qPCR-based assay for the qualitative detection of colorectal cancer (CRC)-associated somatic mutations in the genes that are frequently mutated in colon cancer subjects and that are responsible for aberrant colonic epithelial cell proliferation.

Sensitivity – Colorectal Cancer (Stage I – IV): ≥ 88.9%
Sensitivity – Advanced Adenomas (Pre-Cancer): 66.6%
Specificity (FFPE): ≥ 96%

ColoScape™ is Optimal for Liquid Biopsy

Recently, with liquid biopsy gaining more traction, circulating cell-free DNA in blood samples can be used for testing gene mutations for powerful cancer diagnostics tools. ColoScape™ colorectal cancer mutation detection kit is developed and used after FIT-positive test and before the colonoscopy examination. Preliminary testing data shows ColoScape™ colorectal cancer mutation detection kit has 95.5% sensitivity and specificity of >96% for stage I to IV colorectal cancer and >60% sensitivity for pre-cancer for FFPE samples. 

Patented Colorectal Cancer Detection Panel

Based on the colorectal cancer gene mutation panels licensed from the University of Potsdam, 20 mutations in four genes associated with colorectal cancers, APC, BRAF, CTNNB1, and KRAS, are detected in three multiplex qPCR reactions. With the negative, positive, and reference gene controls, the qPCR-amplified mutation target can be used to call out positive or negative results based on the difference in Cq value between the Cq for mutation target and the Cq for reference gene control.

The APC 1367 Amplification Plot on ABI 7500 Fast Dx showing positive control, negative control and no template control

A run file on ABI 7500 Fast Dx showing a KRAS-positive clinical sample

Colorectal Cancer Gene Mutation Detection Powered by XNA Technology

XNA is the Optimal Choice for Cancer Gene Mutation Detection Compared to other Technologies

XNA, xenonucleic acids, are innovative new nucleic acid molecular oligomers that hybridize by Watson-Crick base pairing to target DNA sequences, and yet have a modified chemical backbone. XNA oligomers are highly effective at hybridizing to targeted normal DNA sequences and can be employed as molecular clamps in quantitative real-time polymerase chain reactions (qPCR) or as highly specific molecular probes for detection of nucleic acid target sequences. The XNA tightly bind to the wild-type sequence that is 100% complementary and block DNA polymerase from DNA elongation; only the mutant target sequence gets amplified because the XNA:mutant DNA duplex is not stable due to mismatch and falls off from the template in PCR reactions.

Sanger Sequencing

Advantage: accurate result and is, therefore, the gold standard
Disadvantage:  low sensitivity (20% to 25% VAF)

Pyrosequencing Assays

Advantage: better sensitivity and throughput than Sanger sequencing; the early form of NGS assays
 low sensitivity (5% to 8% VAF)

NGS Sequencing

Advantage:  high-throughput and good sensitivity (1% to 5% VAF, or even better)
Disadvantage: costly and time-consuming (7 to 10 days)

Digital Droplet PCR (ddPCR)

Advantage: high sensitivity (claimed to be 0.001% VAF)
Disadvantage:  much less sensitivity observed in testing than claimed and suffers from false-positive results

qPCR Analysis

Advantage: Sensitivity can reach 1% VAF for some targets. Rapid with minimal hands-on work. 
Disadvantage: Multiple methods available for qPCR and a lot of variations in sensitivity. Some of them are only 10% VAF

Streamlined Workflow for  ColoScape™ Colorectal Cancer Mutation Detection Test

Step 1: DNA Isolation & Quantification

Extract DNA from FFPE or plasma using a commercial DNA extraction kit and measure the concentration using fluorometric analysis


Step 2: set up qpcr

Mix the assay reagents, load into PCR plate, add controls and extracted DNA ~ 30-60 minutes

Step 3: Amplification parameters

Enter amplification parameters on
qPCR instrument, load PCR plate
and start the run ~ 2.5 hours

Step 4: Data analysis

Determine the presence or absence
of mutations according to the Cq
value cutoffs ~ 15 minutes

 Product Specifications for ColoScape™ Colorectal Cancer Mutation Detection Test

Product Catalog Number

CE Catalog Number: DC-30-0024E;
Research-Use-Only (RUO) Catalog Number: DC-30-0024R

Sample Type

FFPE and Plasma

Input DNA


Pack Size

24 Reactions

Instruments Validated

Roche LightCycler® 480, Bio-Rad CFX384. ABI QuantStudio 5 and ABI 7500 Fast Dx 

Detection Chemistry


Turnaround Time

Less Than 4 hours


Stable for 12 months at room temperature (15°C  to 25°C)


Title: Colorectal Cancer Genetics & A Non-Invasive Test for Colorectal Cancer Mutation Detection Powered by XNA

Speaker: Sir Walter Bodmer (Head of Laboratory for Cancer and Immunogenetics, Weatherall Institute for Molecular Medicine, University of Oxford) and Michael J. Powell, Ph.D. (Chief Scientific Officer, DiaCarta, Inc.)


  • Colorectal cancer genetics
  • Driver mutations in a limited number of genes are the ideal candidates for screening & early detection of recurrence
  • ColoScape™: Discuss future use of early identification of subclinical disease, cancer recurrence & monitoring