CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 2, 2018--
Medicine, Inc. (NASDAQ:FMI) today announced a comprehensive gene
expression profiling (GEP) program to support precision oncology
clinical research and development. This initiative, which provides a
natural complement to Foundation Medicine’s comprehensive genomic
profiling (CGP) suite of molecular information tests, further enhances
support for the Company’s biopharma partners in the efficient
identification of known and novel genomic and expression-based
biomarkers of response for investigational and approved personalized
cancer therapies, including new and existing cancer immunotherapies.
“In order to maximize the potential of personalized cancer therapy, we
need a comprehensive biomarker strategy that includes not only tumor
mutational changes and signatures but robust readouts of gene
expression, requiring deep expertise in next generation DNA and RNA
sequencing,” said Vincent Miller, M.D., chief medical officer at
Foundation Medicine. “The initiation of a GEP program at Foundation
Medicine is a natural extension of our work in redefining genomic
biomarkers for precision oncology treatments, and we are excited to
combine this expertise to help our biopharma partners optimize their
clinical research development programs. Bringing together Foundation
Medicine’s unique combination of comprehensive genomic sequencing and
gene expression could help determine which therapeutic approach is right
for each patient and each tumor type as we develop new classes of
personalized cancer treatments with our biopharma partners.”
CGP of individual tumors is critical to advancing precision oncology.
Through its suite of CGP assays, Foundation Medicine has pioneered the
measurement of quantitative genomic biomarkers, including microsatellite
instability (MSI) and tumor mutational burden (TMB), which are informing
immunotherapy research, clinical development and treatment decisions.
Building on Foundation Medicine’s existing DNA and RNA sequencing
platforms, GEP has the potential to provide insights into gene
expression signatures that may serve as predictive biomarkers of
immunotherapy response. For example, measuring expression of genes tied
to tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes, T-cell proliferation, and T-cell
receptor diversity have all been associated with response to different
types of oncology treatments. Under this program, Foundation Medicine
will initially provide research-use only GEP for its biopharma partners.
Such collaborations help integrate novel genomic biomarkers into
clinical practice and optimize clinical trial design and drug
development. Together this may pave new paths for the biopharmaceutical
industry to expand the potential of precision oncology.
About Foundation Medicine
Foundation Medicine (NASDAQ:FMI)
is a molecular information company dedicated to a transformation in
cancer care in which treatment is informed by a deep understanding of
the genomic changes that contribute to each patient's unique cancer. The
company offers a full suite of comprehensive genomic profiling assays to
identify the molecular alterations in a patient's cancer and match them
with relevant targeted therapies, immunotherapies and clinical trials.
Foundation Medicine’s molecular information platform aims to improve
day-to-day care for patients by serving the needs of clinicians,
academic researchers and drug developers to help advance the science of
molecular medicine in cancer. For more information, please visit http://www.FoundationMedicine.com
or follow Foundation Medicine on Twitter (@FoundationATCG).
Foundation Medicine® is a trademark of
Foundation Medicine, Inc.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements for Foundation
This press release contains "forward-looking
statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation
Reform Act of 1995, including, but not limited to, statements regarding
the ability of gene expression profiling to identify novel genomic and
expression-based biomarkers of response; the ability of CGP to advance
prevision oncology or improve patient outcomes; and the benefits of
Foundation Medicine’s gene expression profiling program to biopharma
partners, including optimizing clinical research development programs
and drug development. All such forward-looking statements are based on
management's current expectations of future events and are subject to a
number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to
differ materially and adversely from those set forth in or implied by
such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include
the risk that the gene expression profiling program does not proceed or
does not meet its objectives; gene expression profiling is not an
effective method of identifying genomic and expression-based biomarkers;
the utility of gene expression profiling for biopharma partners does not
materialize; and the risks described under the caption "Risk Factors" in
Foundation Medicine's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended
December 31, 2017, which is on file with the Securities and Exchange
Commission, as well as other risks detailed in Foundation Medicine's
subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All
information in this press release is as of the date of the release, and
Foundation Medicine undertakes no duty to update this information unless
required by law.
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