ROTTERDAM, Netherlands and LAGUNA HILLS, Calif., Dec. 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- SkylineDx today announced the presentation of two posters that demonstrate the prognostic value of the MMprofiler™, SkylineDx's gene expression profiling test for multiple myeloma (MM), as a risk assessment tool. The posters will be presented Sunday, December 6, 2015, at the 57th annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology (ASH) in Orlando, Fla.
"The ASH annual meeting is an important, highly visible forum for showcasing the clinical utility of the MMprofiler as a prognostic tool in patients with multiple myeloma, one that provides clinically actionable information to inform therapeutic decision-making," said Dharminder S. Chahal, Chief Executive Officer of SkylineDx. "We are pleased that the ASH program committee has accepted these two posters for presentation, one of which supports the use of the MMprofiler in elderly patients with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma and the other provides further validation for the MMprofiler in stratifying patients based on high versus low risk in relapsed patients."
The MMprofiler is a prognostic test that determines the level of risk for patients with MM by classifying them into a "high" or "standard" risk group. MMprofiler assesses risk by measuring the activity of 92 genes (the SKY92 gene signature) that are directly or indirectly related to the disease. Patients with a "high" risk classification have a poor prognosis as compared to patients with a standard risk profile, regardless of treatment. The performance of the SKY92 gene signature to risk stratify these patients exceeds that of standard clinical parameters such as serum albumin levels, as well as FISH, and earlier gene expression signatures utilized in myeloma.
SkylineDx recently launched the MMprofiler as a CE-marked in vitro diagnostic (IVD) test kit in Europe this past November. Physicians can now send their multiple myeloma patient samples directly to SkylineDx to be run as a service in their central laboratory located in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. It also enables molecular diagnostic laboratories throughout Europe to use the MMprofiler for analysis at their own facilities.
Both posters will be presented Sunday, December 6, from 6:00-8:00pm EST in Hall A, Level 2 of the Orange County Convention Center:
In addition, researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center in Boston, Mass. will present a poster highlighting the use of the MMprofiler in a Phase II trial of modified lenalidomide, bortezomib, and dexamethasone in transplant-ineligible patients with newly diagnosed MM.
This poster will be presented Monday, December 7, from 6:00-8:00pm EST in Hall A, Level 2 of the Orange County Convention Center:
About Multiple Myeloma
Multiple myeloma (MM) is a cancer that arises from plasma cells, a type of white blood cell made in the bone marrow. In patients with MM, the plasma cells become abnormal, multiply uncontrollably, and release only one type of antibody – known as paraprotein – which has no useful function. It is often through the measurement of paraprotein that MM is diagnosed and monitored. Most medical problems related to MM are caused by the build-up of abnormal plasma cells in the bone marrow and the presence of the paraprotein in the blood or urine. The most common symptoms of MM include bone pain, recurring infection, kidney damage, and fatigue. According to the World Cancer Research Fund International, an estimated 114,000 people around the world are diagnosed with MM annually, and the disease represents 0.8% of all cancers globally.
About the MMprofiler™
The MMprofiler is a CE-IVD marked prognostic test to determine the level of risk of a multiple myeloma patient by classifying such patient into a "high" or "standard" risk group with the use of the novel SKY92 gene signature. In the USA the MMprofiler is available for research use only and currently not permitted to be used for clinical diagnostic use. For more information, please visit www.mmprofiler.com.
SkylineDx is a commercial-stage biotech company based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Originally a spin-off of the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, the company specializes in the development and marketing of innovative gene signature-based diagnostic tests to assist healthcare professionals in making personalized treatment decisions for individual patients. These tests are designed to accurately determine the type or status of the disease or to predict a patient's response to a specific treatment. Based on the test results, healthcare professionals can tailor the treatment to the individual patient. The MMprofiler™ is the company's lead product. To learn more, please visit www.skylinedx.com.