Mayo Clinic and Cancer Genetics join forces to develop diagnostic tests for cancer

May 30, 2013

Mayo Clinic and Cancer Genetics, Inc., have teamed up to launch OncoSpire Genomics, a joint venture with the goal of improving cancer care by discovering and commercializing diagnostic tests that leverage next-generation sequencing. The start-up company will focus on discovering and commercializing new biomarkers for cancer.

Cancer Genetics has committed to contributing $2 million in capital in the first year, with the possibility of contributing up to $6 million during the next three years. Mayo will contribute in-kind with sequencing and laboratory resources, clinical and research expertise, and other operational resources. Mayo Medical Laboratories and Mayo Clinic's Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology will help bring OncoSpire discoveries to patients at Mayo Clinic and elsewhere.

A scientific review committee will identify projects within Mayo’s Center for Individualized Medicine's Biomarker Discovery Program for commercial development through OncoSpire. Initial focus areas will include hematological and urogenital cancers, and potentially other cancers, as selected by the scientific review committee.

As next-generation sequencing helps us unlock many mysteries of cancer, biomarkers have the potential to lead to better prognoses and directed therapies. In some cases, such as pre-cancerous polyps, biomarkers can help physicians screen for the likelihood for cancer before the disease ever materializes. Read the complete news release.