FT. MYERS, FL / ACCESSWIRE / June 15, 2023 / NeoGenomics, Inc. (NASDAQ:NEO), a leading provider of oncology testing and global contract research services, today announced that its RaDaR® assay, a personalized liquid biopsy for minimal/molecular residual disease (MRD) and recurrence detection, has obtained its first pan-cancer commercial coverage by Blue Shield of California.
Effective August 1, 2023, Blue Shield of California has agreed to provide commercial coverage of RaDaR across all indications for plan members, representing approximately 4.7 million covered lives. The policy considers the test medically necessary for patients with stage I-IV cancer after surgical intervention for adjuvant or targeted therapy and/or monitoring for relapse or progression.
NeoGenomics' tumor informed RaDaR assay has been designed to detect extremely low levels of circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) in the blood with exceptional sensitivity and specificity. RaDaR can monitor up to 48 tumor-specific variants unique to each patient's tumor giving patients additional time and information for important treatment management decisions.
"We are very pleased to achieve our first commercial coverage policy for the RaDaR minimal/molecular residual disease assay because it increases patient access to MRD testing which ultimately improves cancer patient outcomes," said Chris Smith, Chief Executive Officer of NeoGenomics. "The clinical evidence generated to date, along with this commercial coverage, highlight the medical necessity of MRD testing with RaDaR to allow patients and their clinicians to make informed treatment decisions."
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The RaDaR assay is a personalized, tumor-informed, highly sensitive technology that tracks a set of up to 48 tumor-specific variants in cell-free DNA (cfDNA) within a cancer patient's blood plasma. Built on the proven InVision® platform, the personalized RaDaR assay has been designed to detect minimal residual disease (MRD) and recurrence following curative intent or definitive treatment, and early signs of relapse, and has been validated for clinical use in breast, colorectal, head and neck, as well as lung cancers. MRD is the trace amounts of circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) that remain after surgery or other cancer treatment.
The RaDaR workflow leverages proprietary algorithms to both create personalized RaDaR panels for each patient and analyze results of a RaDaR test, all culminating in an exceptionally sensitive test with one of the industry's leading limit of detections (LODs) down to 0.001%.
The RaDaR assay is a laboratory developed test (LDT) which has been granted Breakthrough Device Designation by the US FDA for use in the detection of MRD in early-stage cancer patients and has received the CE mark for the detection of MRD and recurrence. RaDaR is also available for pharmaceutical, biotechnology companies and commercial entities in early through late-stage cancer development programs across a range of cancer types.
About NeoGenomics, Inc.
NeoGenomics, Inc. specializes in cancer genetics testing and information services, providing one of the most comprehensive oncology-focused testing menus in the world to help physicians diagnose and treat cancer.
NeoGenomics is committed to connecting patients with life altering therapies and trials. We believe that, together, with our partners, we can help patients with cancer today and the next person diagnosed tomorrow. In carrying out these commitments, NeoGenomics adheres to all applicable state and federal data protection laws, provides transparency and choice to patients regarding the handling and use of their data through expressed authorizations and our Notice of Privacy Practices, and has invested in leading technologies to ensure the data we maintain is secured at all times.
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