· Blood test proves ability to identify really small brain tumours and gives hope of earlier detection and improved survival
· Dxcover acquires all IP for its Dxcover® Liquid Biopsy Technology and Multi Cancer Early Detection Platform
Early detection of brain cancer has moved one step closer, thanks to a breakthrough by cancer diagnostics firm Dxcover for its innovative testing technology.
Published in the peer-reviewed Cancers academic journal, the Glasgow-based health-tech has shown that the Dxcover® Liquid Biopsy technology is effective even in the earlier days of cancer growth, at a smaller volume and lower stage.
According to Cancer Research UK, 12,000 people in Britain are diagnosed with brain tumours every year and survival rates are as low as 12% five years after diagnosis.
Earlier detection, when a tumour is smaller, reduces the harm from surgery and other treatments, so people can live better, for longer. By detecting really small tumours, this research provides the evidence that Dxcover's diagnostic test can have a big impact in shortening the time to diagnosis for patients from symptom onset, supporting primary care doctors in their decision making.
Dr Paul Brennan, Reader in Neurosurgery and Consultant Neurosurgeon, University of Edinburgh, said: “Brain tumour diagnosis is difficult, because the most common symptoms are not specific to brain tumours. A non-cancer diagnosis is more likely and this contributes to diagnostic delay. The Dxcover test will support primary care doctors to identify which of these patients are most likely to have a brain tumour and should be referred for rapid brain imaging. This will be transformative for both patients and doctors.”
The journal, published 30th July 2021, confirmed the Dxcover® Brain Cancer test as being effective in identifying small and low-grade gliomas. The study involved 177 patients with varying sizes of brain tumours providing blood samples for analysis by Dxcover. The samples underwent the spectroscopic analysis under infra-red light and processed using machine learning software. The test and analysis were found to be effective in identifying brain tumours in patients with gliomas as small as 0.2cm3.
Dxcover Limited is a spin-out from the University of Strathclyde and has raised £5.1m in funding to develop its spectroscopy and artificial intelligence technology as a Multi Cancer Early Detection (MCED) Platform to help diagnose brain and other cancers quickly and accurately from a simple blood test.
Dxcover’s highly effective early diagnostic tests could revolutionise cancer detection, potentially saving the lives of patients who can be treated more effectively in the early stages of cancer.
Dr Matt Baker, Chief Technical Officer & Co-Founder at Dxcover Limited, said: “This breakthrough is a watershed moment in the development of early cancer detection. The study demonstrates the effectiveness of our Dxcover® Brain Cancer Liquid Biopsy at detecting even the smallest brain tumours, which is great news for the care of future brain cancer patients, increasing treatment options and potentially extending life expectancy.
“Clinical tests like this are a crucial part of Dxcover’s journey to develop and commercialise a widely accepted Multi-Cancer Early Detection platform to help save lives.”
This latest breakthrough coincides with the company announcing that it has wholly acquired all of the intellectual property (IP) rights for its Multi-Cancer Early Detection Platform in a deal with the University of Strathclyde. The IP deal means that Dxcover now owns all of the patents for its MCED technology platform and has no requirement to pay royalties.
Commenting on the IP acquisition, Dr Mark Hegarty, CEO and Co-founder of Dxcover, added: “We have been developing an extensive patent portfolio to protect the commercialisation of our technology. The core patents have been granted in Europe, the USA and China and they enable us to develop tests for all types of cancer.
“Full ownership of all of the IP has been a strategic goal since we formed the company, as this enables greater flexibility in striking collaborative partnerships and commercial deals.”
To read the full paper on the effectiveness of Dxcover’s liquid biopsy in detecting brain cancer, please visit: https://www.mdpi.com/2072-6694/13/15/3851