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The Molecular Profiling Institute, Inc. launches MammaPrint for breast cancer patients

ethods and with an accuracy level of 96.7% as determined by a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. MammaPrint also identifies those untreated individuals who have a poor tumor signature - with a high risk for metastasis if untreated.(6)

"This new test enables the oncologist and breast surgeon to more accurately determine who should be treated, helping us to maximize survival and decrease morbidity" said Dr. David Loesch, Physician Director for Clinical Research at the Central Indiana Cancer Centers - a leading practice offering the test. "After the diagnosis of malignancy is made, MPI's MammaPrint Breast Cancer Test is the most important test to get."

The cost of the MammaPrint in the US is $3,200. This covers collection and preservation of the genetic material in fresh tissue and substantial genetic microarray testing and analysis of the 70 relevant genes. MammaPrint utilizes established reimbursement codes that are recognized by most insurance companies. "We believe this fee is reasonable considering the complexity and accuracy of the test. This amount is low compared to the economic and personal cost of unnecessary treatment or simply not treating a patient at high risk for recurrence," stated David Mallery, MPI's Executive Vice President.

MPI utilizes IBM technology and has a close partnership with AmeriPath Inc., one of the leading anatomic pathology laboratory companies in the United States. "AmeriPath's partnership with MPI allows our pathologists to continue to be national leaders in the delivery of premier diagnostic testing and healthcare information to the communities and patients that we serve," said Jeffrey Mossler, MD, Vice Chairman of AmeriPath.

MPI was developed by two non-profits, the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) and the International Genomics Consortium (IGC) and has licensing agreements with these entities for new diagnostics. TGen and IGC were developed by t
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Contact: David Mallery
602-358-8903
The Translational Genomics Research Institute
25-Apr-2005


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