Veracyte Announces Key Milestone in Companion Diagnostics Program With Acerta Pharma Using LymphMark Lymphoma Subtyping Test
Veracyte (Nasdaq: VCYT) today announced a key milestone in its companion diagnostics program with Acerta Pharma, the hematology research and development arm of AstraZeneca (LSE/STO/NYSE: AZN). The first patient has been enrolled and randomized in Acerta Pharma’s Phase 3 ESCALADE trial, which is using Veracyte’s LymphMark lymphoma subtyping test to identify patients with untreated diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) who may benefit from Acerta and AstraZeneca’s acalabrutinib (Calquence) in combination with rituximab, cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone (R-CHOP) therapy.
The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled ESCALADE study is designed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of acalabrutinib with R-CHOP therapy as compared to placebo plus R-CHOP in patients aged 18-65. The study is expected to enroll up to 600 participants at centers around the world. Study investigators are using the investigational LymphMark genomic test to select patients with non-germinal center B-cell (non-GCB) subtype DLBCL, an aggressive form of the disease that is associated with worse outcomes following the traditional chemoimmunotherapy regimen (R-CHOP).
“The initiation of this global study marks an important step in our multi-year companion diagnostics program with Acerta Pharma,” said Bonnie Anderson, Veracyte’s chairman and chief executive officer. “By distinguishing DLBCL patients based on the genomic underpinning of their disease, we believe the LymphMark test will help identify patients early on who are more likely to respond to targeted therapies such as Calquence that may improve outcomes.”
DLBCL patients respond to treatment differently based on the molecular subtype of their tumors. The LymphMark test uses gene-expression profiling of RNA extracted from surgical tissue to classify the “cell of origin” subtype of DLBCL tumors. The World Health Organization recommends gene-expression profiling for patients with DLBCL, which may potentially be mitigated by more specific treatments that are under development.i By identifying the specific subtypes in individual patients’ tumors, physicians can help ensure the right patients are included in clinical trials evaluating these therapies.
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