Warnex Medical Laboratories, a division of Warnex and Germany-based cancer molecular diagnosis company Epigenomics, have entered into a non-exclusive licensing agreement for Epigenomics' colorectal cancer biomarker Septin9.

Under the terms of the agreement, Warnex has obtained the rights to establish a laboratory-developed test for Septin9 and offer colorectal cancer blood testing services in Canada. Warnex plans to launch the testing service in the next few months.

In numerous studies with over 3,300 blood samples, Epigenomics has demonstrated that methylated DNA of the Septin9 gene in blood plasma is a reliable indicator of colorectal cancer of all stages and all locations. This paved the way for a convenient blood test for colorectal cancer early detection that can easily be integrated into the patient’s routine physical, is non-invasive and does not require any drug or dietary restrictions.

Mark Busgang, president and CEO of Warnex, said: “We are pleased to add this colorectal cancer test based on real-time PCR technology to our service offering as part of our continued commitment to offering the most advanced specialized diagnostic services to Canadian healthcare professionals. The blood test, using Epigenomics’ Septin9 biomarker, offers an easy and accurate method to help diagnose patients with colorectal cancer.”

Geert Nygaard, chief executive officer of Epigenomics, said: “Warnex is the ideal partner to make colorectal cancer blood testing based on our Septin9 biomarker in Canada. This agreement is an important further step in the international rollout of Septin9 testing, which is already commercially available in the US and Europe.”