The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Foundation Medicine’s  FoundationOne CDx to be used as a companion diagnostic to identify patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).

This companion diagnostic will aid NSCLC patients whose tumors have epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFREGFR exon 19 deletions or exon 21 (L858R) alterations and are appropriate for treatment with EGFR Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors (TKI) approved by FDA for this indication.

EGFR mutations are the second most common oncogenic drivers in NSCLC. Deletions in exon 19 and substitutions in exon 21 account for roughly 85% of observed EGFR mutations in NSCLC.1 As a companion diagnostic for therapies targeting these mutations in NSCLC, FoundationOne CDx offers oncologists flexibility when selecting the right therapy for their patients and ensures all FDA approved treatment options are considered within this group of therapies.

“Cancer treatment decision-making is growing more complex as we learn more about the mutations that drive cancers to grow and new treatments become available to target those changes,” says Mia Levy, MD, PhD, chief medical officer at Foundation Medicine. “We believe securing a third group companion diagnostic approval for FoundationOne CDx is another critical step toward simplifying the decision-making process for oncologists and their patients by allowing them to uncover all FDA approved treatment options for this indication through one test.”

In addition to driving efficiency in clinical care, this approval is part of an innovative, efficient regulatory approach that simplifies the companion diagnostic approval process for Foundation Medicine’s biopharma partners developing EGFR inhibitor therapeutics targeting EGFR exon 19 deletions or exon 21 alterations in NSCLC while maintaining rigorous quality standards.