- Molecular diagnostics company Genetic Technologies (GTG) has received a U.S. patent for its GeneType for Breast Cancer risk assessment tool
- The tool combines clinical risk factors and the company’s polygenic risk model to identify patients who might be at risk of developing breast cancer
- Using the knowledge gained through the patent application process, the company has now filed a separate application for a similar tool relating to COVID-19
- A prototype predictive model has been developed to identify patients most likely to require hospitalisation should they contract the virus
- Genetic Technologies’ share price remains unchanged in early trade, priced at 0.6 cents each
Molecular diagnostics company Genetic Technologies (GTG) has received a U.S. patent
for its GeneType for Breast Cancer risk assessment tool.
Thought to be the most comprehensive platform on the market, GeneType for Breast Cancer combines clinical risk factors with the company’s polygenic risk model to determine whether a patient might be at a high, average or low risk of developing breast cancer.
This information is then used to guide individual preventative protocols in consultation with doctors and other medical professionals.
Breast cancer is often considered to be an inheritable disease, but according to the American Cancer Society, approximately 85 per cent of patients do not have a strong history of the condition.
George Mucknicki, CEO of Genetic Technologies, said the granted patent
represents a substantial protective step for the company.
“The climate in the U.S. for genetic and biotech patents
has been particularly challenging over the past few years and Genetic Technologies has been working hard to implement an intellectual property
strategy to protect our products, enhancing the value proposition of both the tests and the company as a whole,” he added.
Separately, the company has used its experience from the patent
application process to file a second, similar application related to COVID-19. Entitled ‘Methods of assessing risk of developing a severe response to coronavirus infection’, the tool will employ Genetic Technologies’ existing expertise in predictive risk modelling.
Under a research agreement with UK Biobank, the company has already begun analysing genomic and phenotypic data from 1500 COVID-19 patients. A prototype model has also been developed to identify which patients are most likely to require hospitalisation should they contract the virus.
George went on to say that, with the prototype model complete for the COVID-19 Severity Risk Test, he’s confident that there will be widespread interest as many regions continue to pivot their pandemic management strategies.
“GTG believes that this product, once developed and subject to any relevant regulatory approvals, may be effectively applied to manage a safe return to work in areas with high infection rates and help communities understand risk stratification to prioritise access to vaccines to those most vulnerable and susceptible to complications should they contract COVID-19,” he concluded.