Strategic Collaboration Elevates Early Cancer Detection, Bringing State-of-the-Art Diagnostic Capabilities to Romanian Population
BERKELEY, US – MAINZ, Germany – OCTOBER 4, 2023 — Mainz Biomed NV (NASDAQ:MYNZ) (“Mainz Biomed” or the “Company”), a molecular genetics diagnostic company specializing in the early detection of cancer, announces the live launch of Mainz Biomed’s flagship product, ColoAlert® — a highly effective and user-friendly at-home detection test for colorectal cancer (CRC) – with strategic partner Bioclinica, a national leader in the Romanian healthcare sector. This partnership signifies a pivotal step towards enhancing healthcare outcomes in the country through advanced diagnostics.
CRC incidence rates in Romania are among the highest in Europe. With no national screening program in place, population data from Romania underscores the urgency to have diagnostic tests publicly available in the country to enhance CRC screening practices. With 1.6 million individuals aged 40 to 49 years, 6.1 million aged 50 to 74 years, and 1.5 million aged over 75 years, the potential market for ColoAlert® is substantial, reaching 9.2 million tests per year.
The collaboration with Bioclinica adds significant value to Mainz Biomed’s mission. Leveraging the renowned expertise and extensive network of Bioclinica, ColoAlert® will immediately become available to a large portion of the Romanian population. Bioclinica, a trusted supplier of healthcare products with over 25 years of experience in medical diagnostics, operates 15 associated laboratories and 146 collection points across Romania. Mainz Biomed and Bioclinica will collaborate on co-marketing activities to ensure the successful commercial launch of ColoAlert® across the country.
“We are delighted to see ColoAlert® now made available to Romanian’s through our key partnership with Bioclinica,” commented Darin Leigh, Chief Commercial Officer of Mainz Biomed. “Our collaboration demonstrates a shared commitment to introducing state-of-the-art diagnostic solutions that can have a transformative impact on public health. Early detection is paramount in combating diseases like colorectal cancer, and our collaboration with Bioclinica exemplifies our mission to ensure more people globally have access to diagnostic tests that can give them a life-changing headstart on this disease.”
Colorectal cancer remains a significant public health concern globally, with Europeans disproportionately affected. While Europeans make up only one tenth of the world population, about 25% of all annual cancer cases occur in Europe. As the second most lethal cancer on the continent, CRC demands innovative solutions that can transform its diagnosis and treatment landscape. Mainz Biomed’s ColoAlert® addresses this challenge head-on by providing an efficient and user-friendly screening test that empowers individuals to take proactive measures against CRC.
ColoAlert®, Mainz Biomed’s flagship product, delivers high sensitivity and specificity in a user-friendly, at-home colorectal cancer (CRC) screening kit. This non-invasive test can be indicative of tumors as determined by analyzing tumor DNA, offering better early detection than fecal occult blood tests (FOBT). Based on PCR-technology, ColoAlert® detects more cases of colorectal cancer than other stool tests and allows for an earlier diagnosis (Dollinger et al., 2018). The product is commercially available in select EU countries through a network of leading independent laboratories, corporate health programs and via direct sales. To receive marketing approval in the US, ColoAlert® will be evaluated in the FDA-registration trial ‘ReconAAsense.’ Once approved in the US, the Company’s commercial strategy is to establish scalable distribution through a collaborative partner program with regional and national laboratory service providers across the country.
About Colorectal Cancer
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third most common cancer globally, with more than 1.9 million new cases reported in 2020, according to World Cancer Research Fund International. The US Preventive Services Task Force recommends that screening with stool DNA tests such as ColoAlert® should be conducted once every three years starting at age 45. Each year in the US, 16.6 million colonoscopies are performed. However, roughly one-third of US residents aged 50-75 have never been screened for colon cancer. This gap in screening represents a $4.0B+ total market opportunity in the US.
About Mainz Biomed N.V.
Mainz Biomed develops market-ready molecular genetic diagnostic solutions for life-threatening conditions. The Company’s flagship product is ColoAlert®, an accurate, non-invasive and easy-to-use, early-detection diagnostic test for colorectal cancer based on real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction-based (PCR) multiplex detection of molecular-genetic biomarkers in stool samples. ColoAlert® is currently marketed across Europe. The Company is running a pivotal FDA clinical study for US regulatory approval. Mainz Biomed’s product candidate portfolio also includes PancAlert, an early-stage pancreatic cancer screening test. To learn more, visit mainzbiomed.com.
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