QIAGEN and Clinical Genomics partner on liquid biopsies

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Clinical Genomics and German company QIAGEN have announced they have implemented the PAXgene Blood ccfDNA Tube sample collection in Clinical Genomics’ Colvera colorectal cancer recurrence assay.

Colvera, an integrated liquid biopsy solution, is designed to enable easy and accurate monitoring for recurrence of colorectal cancer with a simple blood test collected in a physician’s office.

“The Colvera test represents a unique opportunity for convenient, non-invasive monitoring of colorectal cancer patients by detecting methylated circulating tumor DNA that may indicate recurrence of a cancer. We are pleased to collaborate with Clinical Genomics in expanding the range of benefits made possible through liquid biopsies, which hold great promise for improving the lives of patients in cancer and other fields of medicine,” said Thierry Bernard, senior vice president and head of QIAGEN’s Molecular Diagnostics Business Area.

“We are extremely pleased to use the highly automated QIAsymphony PAXgene Blood ccfDNA collection and sample processing workflow for collection and handling of Colvera samples. As a long-term commercial and research partner of QIAGEN, we have a great deal of confidence in this new solution," said Dr Lawrence LaPointe, CEO of Clinical Genomics. “We are excited to roll out the PAXgene System as the front-end solution to allow physicians to provide Colvera testing to CRC patients as conveniently as possible. PAXgene allows a simple blood collection at the physician’s office, with no on-site processing required, which is a great step forward from our alternative sample collection methods.”

Clinical Genomics and QIAGEN say they have demonstrated PAXgene ccfDNA yield and Colvera assay performance is equivalent to the performance from blood samples collected in EDTA tubes, spun down to plasma and frozen within eight hours of collection – whereby the PAXgene process demonstrated a significantly superior ease of use and robustness. 

Clinical Genomics is the sole US provider of Colvera, a PCR-based assay that detects hypermethylated BCAT1and IKZF1 DNA in the blood of patients.

"Colvera has been demonstrated to detect more than twice the number of CRC recurrence cases compared to the current guidelines-recommended blood test," said the company. "PAXgene technology offers highly integrated and automated solutions for the collection, stabilization and purification of circulating cell-free DNA from blood samples. It allows whole blood to be drawn and stored at cooled and ambient temperatures for up to seven days before samples are processed and tested for the presence of circulating cell-free DNA."