Veracyte, a cancer diagnostics company, reached a definitive agreement to acquire C2i Genomics, a minimal residual disease (MRD) detection company, adding whole-genome MRD capabilities to its novel diagnostics platform. 

“MRD detection and monitoring is a large, rapidly growing space that provides critical information to physicians and their patients. The expected acquisition of C2i Genomics will enable us to expand our role across the cancer care continuum to help monitor the success of a therapeutic or surgical intervention, and determine the best course of action for each patient,” says Marc Stapley, Veracyte’s CEO. “We believe that C2i Genomics’ whole-genome technology will enable earlier detection of MRD and recurrence than imaging and other molecular tests, resulting in better patient outcomes, with faster results and smaller sample requirements. This will further fuel our vision to transform cancer care for patients all over the world.”

The C2i Genomics MRD Solution

C2i Genomics’ whole-genome, artificial intelligence-powered approach generates broad signatures from blood more quickly and efficiently than bespoke panels, according to the company. The company’s MRD solution requires less than a tube of blood (as little as 3-4 ml blood, or 1-2 ml plasma), can go from sample to result in just two weeks, and delivers improved performance compared to imaging and other molecular tests. Veracyte believes this ability, when combined with its own prognostic and diagnostic tests, will enable physicians to track a tumor’s progression as it evolves from early diagnosis through patient treatment and follow-up.

“Our vision has been to provide clinicians with deeper insight into their patients’ cancer so that we can help improve treatment outcomes worldwide,” says Ezra Sofer, CEO and cofounder of C2i Genomics. “Our goal since the inception of the company has been to introduce our robust solution into the clinic. I’m incredibly proud of the progress our team has made and believe that Veracyte, with its strong presence in multiple cancer indications and its powerful commercialization capabilities, will accelerate this vision into a reality.”

Veracyte’s first application of C2i Genomics’ technology will be a muscle-invasive bladder cancer MRD test, where it plans to leverage its strong urology commercial channel and a clear pathway to expected reimbursement. The company plans to develop further MRD tests in several of its focused indications.