Invivoscribe and Complete Genomics have entered a partnership to develop and commercialize cancer biomarker tests on Complete Genomics’ NGS platforms. The territory is worldwide, and the field is oncology and cancer research.

Under the terms of the deal, Invivoscribe will be responsible for the development of biomarker tests, including test controls and associated bioinformatics software. These cancer biomarker tests can be used for upfront screening of research specimens, as well as for surveillance, monitoring, and detection of measurable residual disease (MRD) in a clinical research setting. The biomarker tests will initially be released worldwide as Research Use Only (RUO).

“We are thrilled to be partnered with Complete Genomics worldwide, as they offer NGS platforms with excellent performance metrics, faster and lower cost systems and reagents vs. those provided by the other NGS providers,” says Jeffrey Miller, CEO and CSO at Invivoscribe. “Our LeukoStrat CDx FLT3 Mutation Assay is an internationally standardized, FDA- and IVDR-approved PCR-based capillary test that has proven invaluable as a companion diagnostic for three approved FLT3 targeted therapies. Though it is available worldwide both as a kit and as a testing service in our LabPMM laboratories, in order to study and monitor the level of AML disease following the identification of FLT3-positive AML subjects, we also need to provide a highly sensitive NGS-based FLT3 test. So, among the first tests we will develop and launch as RUO kits on the fastest platform, Complete Genomics DNBSEQ-G99RS* platform, is our FLT3-ITD MRD test.”

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Invivoscribe, a proven developer of high-quality tests to deliver a complete workflow solution,” says Yongwei Zhang, CEO of Complete Genomics.

Tests being developed for the Complete Genomics DNBSEQ-G99RS platform will include both screening and highly sensitive MRD monitoring research for the full range of hematologic malignancies, including acute myeloid leukemia (AML). AML is a blood cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow and is characterized by the rapid growth of abnormal white blood cells. AML has the lowest 5-year survival rate (31.7%) among people diagnosed with leukemia. About 25% of AML patients have a FLT3-ITD mutation, which contributes to the growth and survival of cancer cells and is associated with a poor prognosis.