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The partners will use Biocept's liquid biopsy systems to detect estrogen receptor gene mutations that could help guide treatment for women with breast cancer.

Under the agreements, members of Fortified Provider Network and Three Rivers Provider Network will now have access to Biocept's liquid biopsy tests.

It accessioned 482 commercial cases during the quarter, nearly five times the 96 commercial cases for the third quarter of 2014.

Biocept's liquid biopsy diagnostic services are available to approximately 68 million people in MultiPlan's national PPO and complementary network.

The agreements with the PPOs bring the total number of Americans with covered access to Biocept's tests to about 31 million.

An increase in testing volume drove revenue growth in the quarter, though net loss also increased due to expenses associated with marketing and performing tests.

The partners will explore the use of Biocept's liquid biopsy technology to identify and detect biomarkers in ER-positive breast cancer patients.

Researchers and commercial vendors highlighted new data and clinical utility, but also discussed challenges in validating and establishing liquid biopsy diagnostics.

The CTC-based oncology diagnostics firm raised $15.6 million in net proceeds from a public offering of its securities in February. 

The firm saw its revenues more than quadruple year over year to $150,000, mainly due to expansion of its commercial liquid biopsy testing business.

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