Industry News: NGS-Based MammaPrint BluePrint Kit Enhances Access to Personalized Treatment for Breast Cancer Patients in Europe

New RNA-sequencing kit will improve treatment management decisions for breast cancer patients

23 Mar 2018


Agendia, Inc., a world leader in personalized medicine and molecular cancer diagnostics, has announced that its next-generation sequencing (NGS)-based MammaPrint® BluePrint® Breast Cancer Recurrence and Molecular Subtyping Kit is now CE marked, enabling the company to commercialize the device in Europe.

Dr. Marjolaine Baldo, Commercial Vice President, EMEA at Agendia said:“Obtaining the CE mark for the MammaPrint BluePrint Kit is a huge milestone. For the first time, prestigious cancer centers across Europe will be able to run MammaPrint and BluePrint in their own labs, using their existing NGS instruments. As a result, patients will have better access to these vital tests and the significant benefits that they bring in personalizing breast cancer management.

“We are proud of the drive, dedication and expertise of our team, partners and co-validation centers who, in recognizing the need for a decentralized solution, have worked tirelessly to develop, validate and deliver this important device to the market.  We look forward to collaborating with leading breast cancer centers to provide them with these tools, enabling them to offer breast cancer risk-of-recurrence testing in-house.”

MammaPrint analyzes 70 genes most associated with breast cancer recurrence to provide a binary Low or High Risk of cancer recurrence result, while BluePrint analyzes 80-genes which classify a patient’s breast cancer into functional molecular subtypes. This new device, which combines both MammaPrint and BluePrint, can aid physicians in personalizing treatment management decisions for their patients by identifying women with early-stage breast cancer who are at a genomic Low or High Risk for distant metastasis within five years.

The MammaPrint BluePrint Kit is an RNA-sequencing based version of Agendia’s existing MammaPrint and BluePrint tests, which are currently performed centrally at the Company’s CLIA-certified and CAP-accredited laboratories in Irvine, CA and Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The Kit was developed in partnership with Agilent Technologies using their SureSelect target enrichment system and with Bluebee, who provided the secure and convenient data processing solution for clinicians.

Dr. William Audeh, Chief Medical Officer at Agendia, said: “The clinical utility of the MammaPrint test has been demonstrated by the landmark MINDACT trial. It showed, with the highest level of clinical evidence, that 46% of patients identified as high risk for recurrence according to clinical-pathological factors and who would therefore be typical candidates for adjuvant chemotherapy were reclassified as Low Risk by MammaPrint, indicating that they were unlikely to benefit from chemotherapy.1

“With breast cancer being the most common cancer in women, affecting one in eight in Europe and with almost 500,000 new cases a year, the quality-of-life and cost benefits of identifying women previously selected for chemotherapy that may not have significant benefit from it is considerable.”2,3

1 Cardoso F, van’t Veer LJ, Bogaerts J et al. 70-Gene Signature as an Aid to Treatment Decisions in Early-Stage Breast Cancer. N Engl J Med 2016; 375: 717-29.
2 Curado MP, et al. Cancer Incidence in Five Continents, Vol. IX, IARC Scientific Publications No. 160. IARCPress: Lyon: 2007.
3 Ferlay J, et al.e. GLOBOCAN 2012 v1.0, Cancer Incidence and Mortality Worldwide: IARC CancerBase No. 11 [Internet]. Lyon, France: International Agency for Research on Cancer; 2013.