QIAGEN Launches First FDA-Approved Tissue Companion Diagnosis to Identify KRAS G12C Mutation in NSCLC Tumors and Expand Precision Medicine Options in Lung Cancer
the therascreen The KRAS Kit is the first companion diagnostic test to obtain pre-market approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use to identify the KRAS G12C mutation in NSCLC tumor tissue samples. KRAS is one of the most common mutations in this form of cancer and is estimated to be present in up to 13% of cases of the disease. So far KRAS G12C has not been exploitable, and in fact, has only previously been linked to resistance to therapy. The Qualitative Real-Time PCR Kit is used with the Rotor-Gene Q MDx instrument, a member of the modular family of QIAsymphony automation solutions, and builds on QIAGEN’s nine years of experience in KRAS Development and marketing of CDx tests.
“We are pleased to announce this significant extension of the scope of FDA-approved CDx claims for the therascreen KRAS Kit, ”said Jean-Pascal Viola, senior vice president and head of the Molecular Diagnostics business line at QIAGEN. “This new approval further expands our position as market leader therascreen range of companion diagnostic tests, and illustrates our determination to support the delivery of the latest innovations in precision healthcare to patients with NSCLC, for whom any new treatment option is extremely welcome.
“With advances in precision medicine, biomarker testing is essential for patients with non-small cell lung cancer because it provides information on treatment options during their disease. It is important for patients and their health care providers to know that KRAS G12C is now a workable mutation and start testing it, ”said Darryl Sleep, MD, medical director and senior vice president of Global Medical at Amgen. “With the approval of QIAGEN’s companion diagnostic for LUMAKRAS, patients and clinicians will have more options and flexibility for biomarker testing.”
Up to 13% of patients with NSCLC may have KRAS Tumors positive for G12C and therefore potentially eligible for treatment with LUMAKRASTM. To speed up the identification of these patients, following FDA approval of this test, QIAGEN is performing NSCLC tumor tissue sample testing with the therascreen KRAS Kit available immediately in major laboratories across the United States through QIAGEN’s Day-One Lab Readiness Program for Precision Medicine.
By QIAGEN therascreen The KRAS Kit was used to support the CodeBreaK 100 clinical trial for sotorasib and the expansion of the kit’s CDx claims to include identification of the KRAS The G12C mutation in NSCLC samples has been co-approved with LUMAKRAS by the FDA. The drug Amgen is a new inhibitor of the G12C mutated form of the KRAS (Kirsten’s rat sarcoma) protein, and is the first drug in its class to be approved for the treatment of this form of cancer. More information about the kit is available at www.qiagen.com/KRAS.
QIAGEN’s Day-One Lab Readiness program builds on the FDA’s modern regulatory approach to benefit patients by accelerating the launch of advanced diagnostics. An updated list of US laboratories offering NSCLC sample analyzes for the KRAS G12C mutation using therascreen The KRAS test is available at www.qiagen.com/KRAS-lab-finder.
QIAGEN is a pioneer in precision medicine and the global leader in collaborations with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to co-develop companion diagnostics, which detect clinically relevant genetic abnormalities to provide information that guides clinical decision-making in diseases. such as cancer. QIAGEN has unparalleled depth and breadth of technologies ranging from Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) to Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) for the development of companion diagnostics. QIAGEN now has ten companion PCR-based diagnostic indications that are approved by the FDA, including therascreen EGFR for non-small cell lung cancer, therascreen KRAS for colorectal cancer, therascreen FGFR for urothelial cancer, therascreen PIK3CA for breast cancer based on tissue or plasma samples and therascreen BRAF Kit for Colorectal Cancer.
Currently, QIAGEN is working through collaborative framework agreements with more than 25 companies to develop and commercialize companion diagnostic tests for their drug candidates – a vast pipeline of potential future products to advance precision medicine for the benefit of patients. the therascreen Co-approval of the KRAS kit with LUMAKRASTM marks the tenth FDA approval of a therapy associated with a QIAGEN companion diagnostic test.
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