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ALAMEDA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--BioTime, Inc. (NYSE MKT:BTX), a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing and commercializing products addressing degenerative diseases, today announced new data from the Phase I/IIa clinical trial of OpRegen® in the advanced form of dry age-related macular degeneration (dry-AMD). The interim data were presented on May 8, 2017 at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) in Baltimore, Maryland by Eyal Banin, M.D., Ph.D. “We are encouraged by the results and look forward to the next steps in moving this therapeutic through the clinic and addressing the needs of the millions of patients with dry-AMD,” said Adi Mohanty, Co-Chief Executive Officer. The presentation at ARVO reported new clinical trial data with two patients that were treated in cohort 2, where they received a dose of 200,000 cells. Imaging analysis suggests the transplanted OpRegen cells remained in place (engrafted) in an area of the scar that was completely depleted of retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) because of the advanced stages of the disease. Cell engraftment occurred in four of the five patients treated thus far. There was also possible evidence of a biological response with some areas appearing to show structural improvement (a thickening of the thinned area of retina above the scar) without any signs of retinal edema, a fluid build-up that can further compromise vision. “I am excited to see that the second cohort is showing evidence of cell survival and early signs suggesting a biological response,” stated Dr. David Boyer, senior partner at Retina-Vitreous Associates Medical Group in Los Angeles and a principal investigator for the OpRegen trial. “I am looking forward to treating patients in the U.S. under this trial protocol.” Best corrected visual acuity (BCVA) remained stable in all treated eyes and importantly showed no signs of deterioration, which could be expected if no treatment was given. The data also continues to show that the procedure is well tolerated in all patients, including those patients with follow-up for more than one year after treatment. “We continue to be encouraged by the lack of serious adverse events in the trial during both the surgical procedure required for cell transplantation and long-term post-operative monitoring,” stated Professor Eyal Banin, M.D., Ph.D., Center for Hereditary Retinal and Macular Degeneration (CRMD) Department of Ophthalmology Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel. “Thus far in the trial, we have not encountered any serious systemic side effects or unexpected severe ocular adverse events.” OpRegen is the lead product of BioTime’s ophthalmology subsidiary Cell Cure Neurosciences Ltd., which has been conducting the clinical trial in Israel and will soon be opening additional trial sites in the United States. BioTime anticipates DSMB review of cohort 2 by the end of the second quarter of 2017 and if approved will then begin cohort 3 immediately after. Cohort 3 is expected to enroll more quickly due to the reduced stagger requirements between patients and the ability of new clinical trial sites in the U.S. to enroll patients. The Company also expects to share additional data from all patients before the end of the year. OpRegen is an investigational therapy in which retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells are transplanted into the subretinal space, where they are intended to replace missing RPE cells. The ongoing trial is a Phase I/IIa dose-escalation study evaluating the safety and efficacy of three different dose regimens. More information about the data presented at ARVO is available here. OpRegen® for the treatment of the dry form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), consists of a suspension of Retinal Pigment Epithelial (RPE) cells that are delivered subretinally during a simple intraocular injection. RPE cells are essential components of the back lining of the retina, and function to help nourish the retina including photoreceptors. A proprietary process that drives the differentiation of human pluripotent stem cells is used to generate high purity OpRegen® RPE cells. OpRegen® RPE cells are also “xeno-free," meaning that no animal products are used either at any point in the derivation and production process. The avoidance of the use of animal products eliminates some potential safety concerns. Preclinical studies in rats have shown that following a single subretinal injection of OpRegen®, the cells can rapidly organize into its natural monolayer structure in the subretinal space and survive throughout the lifetime of the animal. OpRegen® is designed to be an “off-the-shelf” allogeneic (non-patient specific) product. Unlike treatments that require multiple, frequent injections into the eye, it is expected that OpRegen® would be administered in a single procedure. OpRegen® was granted Fast Track designation from FDA which allows more frequent interactions with the agency, and eligibility for accelerated approval and priority review. OpRegen® is a registered trademark of Cell Cure Neurosciences Ltd., a majority-owned subsidiary of BioTime, Inc. Macular degeneration affects approximately 11 million people in the U.S. and is the leading cause of blindness in people over the age of 60. Approximately 90 percent of these patients suffer from the dry form, for which there are no FDA-approved therapies. In dry-AMD, there is a loss or dysfunction of the layer of retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells generally in the region of the eye called the macula, which is the part of the retina responsible for sharp, central vision that is important for facial recognition, reading and driving. These RPE cells support the light detecting photoreceptor cells that are so critical to vision. When we look at something, the photoreceptors (rods and cones) detect the light and send the information to the brain allowing us to perceive our surroundings. The age-dependent loss of the RPE cells therefore leads to degeneration of nearby photoreceptors and this can lead to severe vision loss or even legal blindness. Generally, the damage caused by the “dry” form is not as severe or rapid as that of the “wet” form. However, in the advanced stage of dry macular degeneration widespread loss of RPE and photoreceptors in the macular area, called geographic atrophy, leads to severe vision loss. While therapeutics are available to treat the wet form of AMD, there are currently no FDA-approved therapies for dry-AMD. BioTime, Inc. is a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on developing and commercializing novel therapies developed from what the company believes to be the world’s premier collection of pluripotent cell assets. The foundation of BioTime’s core therapeutic technology platform is pluripotent cells that are capable of becoming any of the cell types in the human body. Pluripotent cells have potential application in many areas of medicine with large unmet patient needs, including various age-related degenerative diseases and degenerative conditions for which there presently are no cures. Unlike pharmaceuticals that require a molecular target, therapeutic strategies based on the use of pluripotent cells are generally aimed at regenerating or replacing affected cells and tissues, and therefore may have broader applicability than pharmaceutical products. BioTime also has significant equity holdings in two publicly traded companies, Asterias Biotherapeutics, Inc. and OncoCyte Corporation, which BioTime founded and which, until recently, were majority-owned consolidated subsidiaries of BioTime. BioTime common stock is traded on the NYSE MKT and TASE under the symbol BTX. For more information, please visit www.biotimeinc.com or connect with the company on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube, and Google+. Certain statements contained in this release are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements pertaining to future financial and/or operating results, future growth in research, technology, clinical development, and potential opportunities for BioTime, Inc. and its subsidiaries, along with other statements about the future expectations, beliefs, goals, plans, or prospects expressed by management constitute forward-looking statements. Any statements that are not historical fact (including, but not limited to statements that contain words such as “will,” “believes,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “estimates” should also be considered to be forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, risks inherent in the development and/or commercialization of potential products, uncertainty in the results of clinical trials or regulatory approvals, need and ability to obtain future capital, and maintenance of intellectual property rights. Actual results may differ materially from the results anticipated in these forward-looking statements and as such should be evaluated together with the many uncertainties that affect the business of BioTime, Inc. and its subsidiaries, particularly those mentioned in the cautionary statements found in more detail in the “Risk Factors” section of its Annual Reports on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC (copies of which may be obtained at www.sec.gov). Subsequent events and developments may cause these forward-looking statements to change. BioTime specifically disclaims any obligation or intention to update or revise these forward-looking statements as a result of changed events or circumstances that occur after the date of this release, except as required by applicable law. To receive ongoing BioTime corporate communications, please click on the following link to join our email alert list: http://news.biotimeinc.com.


ALAMEDA, Calif., May 09, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- OncoCyte Corporation (NYSE MKT:OCX), a developer of novel, non-invasive tests for the early detection of cancer, announced today that William Haack, Vice President of Market Access, will address the Next Generation Dx Summit 2017 on successful reimbursement strategies for diagnostic tests. Mr. Haack’s presentation, titled “The Reimbursement Crisis for Molecular Diagnostics is a Myth”, is being given on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, at 8:55 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The Next Generation DX Summit is taking place at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, D.C., from August 15-18, 2017. “Fundamental to insurance reimbursement is clinical utility – proving that your test works and that it provides value to the healthcare system. Companies that present good clinical validation data and good clinical utility data to the insurance companies and Medicare will get reimbursement,” said Mr. Haack. Mr. Haack has over 20 years of life science experience. This includes nine years at Genomic Health where he led Commercial Operations and Market Access, a department he developed from infancy to over 120 people and that supported Genomic Health’s growth to nearly $300 million in annual global revenues. “Since joining OncoCyte in June 2016, Bill has utilized his extensive diagnostic experience to develop a sophisticated and comprehensive reimbursement and market access strategy for our lung cancer diagnostic test,” said William Annett, Chief Executive Officer. “A key to that strategy was to approach payors to get feedback on our clinical validation and clinical utility studies. In discussions with 10 payors representing 77 million covered lives, the Company’s reimbursement strategy and R&D plans were well received. As a result, we anticipate broad coverage by both public and private payors if we meet our clinical endpoints in our upcoming clinical validation study.” About the Next Generation Dx Summit 2017 The Next Generation Dx Summit 2017 convenes more than 1,000 international diagnostic professionals for valuable networking and comprehensive programming spanning from clinical diagnostics to business strategy. Now in its ninth year, the event has grown to include novel immunotherapy biomarkers, cell-free DNA, companion diagnostics, infectious disease, point-of-care, pharmacy-based diagnostics, clinical NGS assays, commercialization, reimbursement, prenatal testing, circulating tumor cells, critical care, forensics, digital PCR, microfluidics, and microbiome diagnostics. The Next Generation Dx Summit is a must-attend event with complete coverage of the most timely and important issues for the industry. OncoCyte’s confirmatory non-invasive liquid biopsy test is intended to facilitate clinical decision making in lung cancer diagnosis. The diagnostic is being developed as an intermediate step to confirm the absence of cancer between imaging modalities (LDCTs) detecting suspicious lung nodules and downstream invasive procedures that determine if the nodules are malignant. Initial studies show strong predictive ability in distinguishing between benign and malignant nodules. Upon completion of the clinical validation studies currently underway, OncoCyte anticipates the commercial launch of its lung cancer diagnostic in late 2017. OncoCyte is primarily focused on the development and commercialization of novel, non-invasive blood and urine (“liquid biopsy”) diagnostic tests for the early detection of cancer to improve health outcomes through earlier diagnoses, to reduce the cost of care through the avoidance of more costly diagnostic procedures, including invasive biopsy and cystoscopic procedures, and to improve the quality of life for cancer patients. While current biopsy tests use invasive surgical procedures to provide tissue samples in order to determine if a tumor is benign or malignant, OncoCyte is developing a next generation of diagnostic tests that will be based on liquid biopsies using blood or urine samples. OncoCyte’s pipeline products are intended to be confirmatory diagnostics for lung, bladder and breast cancer. OncoCyte’s diagnostic tests are being developed using proprietary sets of genetic and protein biomarkers that are differentially expressed in specific types of cancer. This press release contains forward-looking statements.  Any statements that are not historical fact (including, but not limited to statements that contain words such as “will,” “believes,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “estimates”) are forward-looking statements. These statements include those pertaining to future financial and/or operating results, future growth in research, technology, clinical development, and potential opportunities for OncoCyte, along with other statements about the future expectations, beliefs, goals, plans, or prospects expressed by management. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, risks inherent in the development and/or commercialization of potential diagnostic tests or products, uncertainty in the results of clinical trials or regulatory approvals, the need and ability to obtain future capital, maintenance of intellectual property rights, and the need to obtain third party reimbursement for patients ’use of any diagnostic tests we commercialize. Actual results may differ materially from the results anticipated in these forward-looking statements and as such should be evaluated together with the many uncertainties that affect the business of OncoCyte, particularly those mentioned in “Risk Factors” found in OncoCyte’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings. OncoCyte disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements, except as may be required by law.


ALAMEDA, Calif., May 09, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- OncoCyte Corporation (NYSE MKT:OCX), a developer of novel, non-invasive tests for the early detection of cancer, announced today that William Haack, Vice President of Market Access, will address the Next Generation Dx Summit 2017 on successful reimbursement strategies for diagnostic tests. Mr. Haack’s presentation, titled “The Reimbursement Crisis for Molecular Diagnostics is a Myth”, is being given on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, at 8:55 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The Next Generation DX Summit is taking place at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, D.C., from August 15-18, 2017. “Fundamental to insurance reimbursement is clinical utility – proving that your test works and that it provides value to the healthcare system. Companies that present good clinical validation data and good clinical utility data to the insurance companies and Medicare will get reimbursement,” said Mr. Haack. Mr. Haack has over 20 years of life science experience. This includes nine years at Genomic Health where he led Commercial Operations and Market Access, a department he developed from infancy to over 120 people and that supported Genomic Health’s growth to nearly $300 million in annual global revenues. “Since joining OncoCyte in June 2016, Bill has utilized his extensive diagnostic experience to develop a sophisticated and comprehensive reimbursement and market access strategy for our lung cancer diagnostic test,” said William Annett, Chief Executive Officer. “A key to that strategy was to approach payors to get feedback on our clinical validation and clinical utility studies. In discussions with 10 payors representing 77 million covered lives, the Company’s reimbursement strategy and R&D plans were well received. As a result, we anticipate broad coverage by both public and private payors if we meet our clinical endpoints in our upcoming clinical validation study.” About the Next Generation Dx Summit 2017 The Next Generation Dx Summit 2017 convenes more than 1,000 international diagnostic professionals for valuable networking and comprehensive programming spanning from clinical diagnostics to business strategy. Now in its ninth year, the event has grown to include novel immunotherapy biomarkers, cell-free DNA, companion diagnostics, infectious disease, point-of-care, pharmacy-based diagnostics, clinical NGS assays, commercialization, reimbursement, prenatal testing, circulating tumor cells, critical care, forensics, digital PCR, microfluidics, and microbiome diagnostics. The Next Generation Dx Summit is a must-attend event with complete coverage of the most timely and important issues for the industry. OncoCyte’s confirmatory non-invasive liquid biopsy test is intended to facilitate clinical decision making in lung cancer diagnosis. The diagnostic is being developed as an intermediate step to confirm the absence of cancer between imaging modalities (LDCTs) detecting suspicious lung nodules and downstream invasive procedures that determine if the nodules are malignant. Initial studies show strong predictive ability in distinguishing between benign and malignant nodules. Upon completion of the clinical validation studies currently underway, OncoCyte anticipates the commercial launch of its lung cancer diagnostic in late 2017. OncoCyte is primarily focused on the development and commercialization of novel, non-invasive blood and urine (“liquid biopsy”) diagnostic tests for the early detection of cancer to improve health outcomes through earlier diagnoses, to reduce the cost of care through the avoidance of more costly diagnostic procedures, including invasive biopsy and cystoscopic procedures, and to improve the quality of life for cancer patients. While current biopsy tests use invasive surgical procedures to provide tissue samples in order to determine if a tumor is benign or malignant, OncoCyte is developing a next generation of diagnostic tests that will be based on liquid biopsies using blood or urine samples. OncoCyte’s pipeline products are intended to be confirmatory diagnostics for lung, bladder and breast cancer. OncoCyte’s diagnostic tests are being developed using proprietary sets of genetic and protein biomarkers that are differentially expressed in specific types of cancer. This press release contains forward-looking statements.  Any statements that are not historical fact (including, but not limited to statements that contain words such as “will,” “believes,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “estimates”) are forward-looking statements. These statements include those pertaining to future financial and/or operating results, future growth in research, technology, clinical development, and potential opportunities for OncoCyte, along with other statements about the future expectations, beliefs, goals, plans, or prospects expressed by management. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, risks inherent in the development and/or commercialization of potential diagnostic tests or products, uncertainty in the results of clinical trials or regulatory approvals, the need and ability to obtain future capital, maintenance of intellectual property rights, and the need to obtain third party reimbursement for patients ’use of any diagnostic tests we commercialize. Actual results may differ materially from the results anticipated in these forward-looking statements and as such should be evaluated together with the many uncertainties that affect the business of OncoCyte, particularly those mentioned in “Risk Factors” found in OncoCyte’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings. OncoCyte disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements, except as may be required by law.


The invention provides methods, compositions and kits for the detection and treatment of bladder cancer.


Embodiments of the disclosure are directed to methods of diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of cancer. The methods are particularly suited for bladder cancer. The methods include targeting a marker that is expressed at abnormal levels in bladder cancer tissue in comparison to normal somatic tissue. Also disclosed are methods of treating cancer comprising administering a composition including a therapeutic that affects the expression or function of a target marker.


Patent
Oncocyte Corporation | Date: 2012-08-16

The invention provides for methods of diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of cancer including, but not limited to, breast cancer.


The invention provides methods, compositions and kits for the detection and treatment of pancreatic cancer.


Patent
Oncocyte Corporation | Date: 2013-05-06

The invention provides methods, compositions and kits relating to the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of breast cancer.


The invention provides methods, compositions and kits for the detection and treatment of thyroid cancer.


Patent
Oncocyte Corporation | Date: 2012-06-23

Embodiments of the disclosure are directed to methods of diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of cancer. In some embodiments, the methods include targeting a marker that is expressed at abnormal levels in bladder cancer tissue in comparison to normal somatic tissue. Some embodiments are directed to methods of treating cancer comprising administering a composition including a therapeutic that affects the expression or function of a target marker. Some embodiments are directed to methods of detecting cancer comprising detecting a level of a target marker associated with the cancer,

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