The formal launch of the BGI/Natera Signatera Assay is the next step towards achieving global access to personalized ctDNA testing
AUSTIN, Texas and SHENZHEN, China, June 24, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Natera, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTRA), a pioneer and global leader in cell-free DNA (cfDNA) testing, and BGI Genomics Co., Ltd., (300676.SZ), one of the world’s leading genomics companies, today announced the launch of the BGI/Natera Signatera Assay which is now available to biopharmaceutical customers and clinicians across China.
Natera’s Signatera® assay, now offered in partnership with BGI,1 has been utilized in numerous clinical studies across non-small cell lung, bladder, breast and colorectal cancers, to identify molecular residual disease (MRD) up to two years earlier than standard imaging. The test is now available in China under the Chinese brand name “华见微®–肿瘤MRD定制化检测” – 华见微 (Hua Jian Wei for short).
“We’re excited to bring this revolutionary technology to clinicians and patients in China,” said John Fesko, chief business officer at Natera. “Partnering with BGI also enables Natera to offer our pharma partners truly global clinical trial services.”
In March 2019, Natera and BGI Genomics entered into a partnership to commercialize Natera’s Signatera test in China,1 and after two years of technology transfers and validation, the BGI/Natera Signatera Assay (华见微) is now officially available in the country. The assay can help facilitate innovative trial design and enable biopharmaceutical researchers to make better informed and more timely decisions. Pharmaceutical companies can access this assay in China through the BGI-Natera partnership, which offers unique opportunities for companion diagnostic registration in both China and the U.S.
“BGI is committed to promoting precision medicine and cancer prevention with cutting-edge technologies. Signatera can detect recurrence earlier and help clinicians optimize treatment decisions, thus bringing greater survival benefits for patients. In partnership with Natera, we are pleased to introduce Signatera into China and provide this innovative technology that incorporates MGI sequencing platforms for clinical oncology and drug development in a reliable and affordable manner,” said Shida Zhu, general manager of BGI Oncology.
Natera is a pioneer and global leader in cell-free DNA testing from a simple blood draw. The mission of the company is to change the management of disease worldwide with a focus on women’s health, oncology, and organ health. Natera operates ISO 13485-certified and CAP-accredited laboratories certified under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) in Austin, Texas and San Carlos, California. It offers proprietary genetic testing services to inform obstetricians, transplant physicians, oncologists, and cancer researchers, including biopharmaceutical companies, and genetic laboratories through its cloud-based software platform. For more information, visit natera.com. Follow Natera on LinkedIn.
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