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Biocartis noted that it has suspended its partnership with Exact Sciences to develop the Idylla IVD Oncotype Dx Breast Recurrence Score test project due to the pandemic.

The companies are positioning the test, called SeptiCyte Rapid, for use in triaging COVID-19 patients who could be at greater risk for progressing to sepsis.

 

The firm expects to validate its test as a triage tool to identify SARS-CoV-2 patients at risk of sepsis and pursue US FDA Emergency Use Authorization.

In Q1, the US represented more than 40 percent of new Idylla instrument placements, but growth stalled due to COVID-19.

Biocartis will lead commercialization in Europe as the exclusive distributor of the SeptiCyte Rapid test, while Immunexpress will lead commercialization of the test in the US.

The Belgian diagnostics company said it has partnered with Bristol-Myers Squibb to register its MSI test as a companion diagnostic in China. 

The partners will extend the lung cancer biomarker study to countries in and outside Europe, and see if liquid biopsy could offer benefits to tissue-based testing.

The company signed a distribution agreement in Japan for its Idylla products and also initiated a listing of €150 million in unsecured convertible bonds.

The Belgian oncology molecular diagnostics firm reported a 17 percent increase in product sales but said that sales of cartridges in the US were lower than expected. 

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