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Biocartis Group N.V.. (3/5/20). "Press Release: Biocartis Announces New Immuno-Oncology Project with Bristol-Myers Squibb Aimed at Registration of Idylla MSI test in China". Mechelen.

Region Region China
Organisations Organisation Biocartis Group N.V. (Euronext Brussels: BCART)
  Group Biocartis (Group)
  Organisation 2 Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. (BMS) (NYSE: BMY)
  Group Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) (Group)
Products Product Idylla™ MSI Test (CE-IVD)
  Product 2 Opdivo®
Index terms Index term BMS–Biocartis: molecular companion diagnostics, 201903– collab Idylla MSI testing with cancer immunotherapies
  Index term 2 Wondfo Biotech–Biocartis: molecular diagnostics, 201809– collab 50/50 joint venture for commercialisation of Idylla platform in mainland China
Persons Person Verrelst, Herman (Biocartis 201709– CEO before Agilent + Cartagenia + Medicim + Data4s)
  Person 2 Degrave, Renate (Biocartis 201611 Manager CorpComm + IR)

Biocartis Group NV (the ‘Company’ or ‘Biocartis’), an innovative molecular diagnostics company (Euronext Brussels: BCART), today announces a new project under its existing collaboration1 with Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE: BMY), a global biopharmaceutical company. The existing collaboration aims at the potential registration and use as a companion diagnostic2 (CDx) of the Idylla™ MSI test in connection with immuno-oncology therapies of Bristol-Myers Squibb. The initial focus under the collaboration is to achieve registration in the United States of the Idylla™ MSI test as a CDx test in metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC). Bristol-Myers Squibb and Biocartis have now agreed to add a new project under their collaboration which pursues the registration of the Idylla™ MSI test as a CDx test in mCRC in the People’s Republic of China.

MSI (‘Microsatellite Instability’) is the result of inactivation of the body’s so-called DNA mismatch repair (MMR) system. Consequently, errors that spontaneously occur during the normal process of DNA replication are no longer corrected, contributing to tumor growth and evolution. Approximately 15% of colorectal (CRC) patients and 4-5% of mCRC patients have MSI-High or mismatch repair deficient (dMMR) biomarkers3. In addition to prognostic applications for CRC, MSI is believed to be an independent factor that may predict a patient’s response to certain immunotherapies4. The fully automated and CE-marked IVD Idylla™ MSI Test provides information on the MSI status5,[6],[7] of CRC tumors within approximately 150 minutes from just one slice of FFPE8 tumor tissue, without the need of a reference sample.

Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Opdivo® (nivolumab) plus low-dose Yervoy®9 (ipilimumab) is the first immuno-oncology combination treatment approved by the US FDA for MSI-High or mismatch repair deficient (dMMR) mCRC that has progressed following treatment with certain chemotherapies10.

Biocartis’ joint venture Wondfo-Cartis11 will commercialize the Idylla™ MSI test in the People’s Republic of China upon obtaining regulatory approval.

Herman Verrelst, CEO of Biocartis, commented: “We are pleased to announce this new immuno-oncology project in our ongoing collaboration with Bristol-Myers Squibb. Over the last years we actively expanded our commercial footprint to offer global collaboration opportunities to our pharma partners. Today’s announcement shows the potential of that approach and marks a major milestone for our Chinese joint venture as this is its first companion diagnostics partnership. Especially in the Chinese market, many patients may benefit from the advantages of our Idylla™ MSI test as it has the potential to make MSI testing available to a broader population.”

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Renate Degrave
Head of Corporate Communications & Investor Relations Biocartis
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About Biocartis

Biocartis (Euronext Brussels: BCART) is an innovative molecular diagnostics (MDx) company providing next generation diagnostic solutions aimed at improving clinical practice for the benefit of patients, clinicians, payers and industry. Biocartis' proprietary MDx Idylla™ platform is a fully automated sample-to-result, real-time PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) system that offers accurate, highly reliable molecular information from virtually any biological sample in virtually any setting. Biocartis is developing and marketing a continuously expanding test menu addressing key unmet clinical needs in oncology. This represents the fastest growing segment of the MDx market worldwide. Today, Biocartis offers tests supporting melanoma, colorectal and lung cancer. More information: Follow us on Twitter: @Biocartis_.

Biocartis and Idylla™ are registered trademarks in Europe, the United States and other countries. The Biocartis and Idylla™ trademark and logo are used trademarks owned by Biocartis. This press release is not for distribution, directly or indirectly, in any jurisdiction where to do so would be unlawful. Any persons reading this press release should inform themselves of and observe any such restrictions. Biocartis takes no responsibility for any violation of any such restrictions by any person. Please refer to the product labeling for applicable intended uses for each individual Biocartis product. This press release does not constitute an offer or invitation for the sale or purchase of securities in any jurisdiction. No securities of Biocartis may be offered or sold in the United States of America absent registration with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission or an exemption from registration under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

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1 On 12 March 2019

2 A companion diagnostic (CDx) test is a test used as a companion to a therapeutic drug, that helps predict if a patient is likely to respond to a treatment or not

3 Source:, last consulted on 3 March 2020

4 Ongoing research to support the hypothesis that MSI can be an independent factor to help predict a patient’s response to certain immunotherapies, includes: Le et al. (2015) N-Eng-J-Med: 10.1056/NEJMoa1500596, showing that MMR status predicted clinical benefit of immune checkpoint blockade therapy; and Le et al. (2017) Science: 10.1126/science.aan6733, showing that MSI is associated with overall mutational and indel load of the tumor, neoantigen load, and lymphocyte infiltration of the tumor, and has been shown to be predictive for response to immunotherapies such as anti-PD-1 in a pan-cancer setting

5 Maertens et al. Annals of Oncology (2017) 28 (suppl_5): v22-v42

6 De Craene et al. Annals of Oncology (2017) 28 (suppl_5): v209-v268

7 De Craene et al. J Clin Oncol 36, 2018 (suppl; abstr e15639)

8 FFPE = formalin fixed, paraffin embedded

9 3 mg/kg Opdivo® plus 1 mg/kg Yervoy®. Approved in the United States.

10 Treatment with fluoropyrimidine, oxaliplatin and irinotecan

11 On 3 September 2018, Biocartis announced having entered into a joint venture with Guangzhou Wondfo Biotech Co., Ltd. (‘Wondfo’, SHE: 300482), a fast growing diagnostics leader in China, aimed at the commercialization of the Idylla™ platform in mainland China, within the field of oncology

Record changed: 2020-03-11


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