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Pierian and Biodesix Partner to Advance Lung Cancer Diagnostics

by PierianDx, on January 19, 2022

Partnership enables comprehensive clinical information to deliver optimal patient care

ST. LOUIS, MO - January 19, 2022—Pierian, the global leader in clinical genomics knowledge, today announced that it has partnered with Biodesix to provide its interpretation technology platform for use with the Biodesix newly launched GeneStrat NGS™ genomic test, a blood-based tumor profiling test to detect actionable mutations in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Biodesix (Nasdaq: BDSX) will use the Pierian platform to provide clear, up-to-date clinical interpretations for mutations detected by the GeneStrat NGS test as part of patient test results used by physicians to help inform a personalized treatment strategy and facilitate monitoring in lung cancer.  

The GeneStrat NGS test is a key part of the IQLung™ testing strategy, designed to measure tumor-specific mutations and patient immune profiles with results in an unprecedented 72 hours so that physicians can assess overall prognosis and personalize treatment plans. The IQLung strategy uses genomic profiling to detect actionable mutations in lung cancer, such as EGFR, ALK, KRAS, MET, NTRK, ERBB2, and others, and delivers them in an expedited timeframe so patient treatment can begin sooner.  

The GeneStrat NGS test data will be analyzed and interpreted using the most current therapy approvals and oncology guideline recommendations and delivered in a physician-ready report. The technology is backed by a comprehensive clinical knowledgebase and adaptive learning algorithms that take disparate inputs and translate them into concise interpretations with supporting evidence. As a result, characteristics of patient variants, even though rare or novel, are leveraged to present the most optimal treatment possibilities.  

“We are helping to meet an unmet need in the continuum of care for lung cancer,” said Scott Hutton, CEO of Biodesix. “Partnering with Pierian not only helps to deliver rapid results to physicians, but it also gives them information that can be easily interpreted and actioned, supporting them in providing precision care for their patients.”  

“We are thrilled to provide our interpretation technology to support the outstanding testing solution from Biodesix to treat patients with lung cancer,” states Mark McDonough, CEO of Pierian. “We are committed to democratizing clinical genomics globally and this partnership with Biodesix supports our vision to broaden access to genomic testing and provide precision care to patients everywhere.”

About Pierian
Pierian is a partner in precision medicine, enabling clinicians and medical facilities to advance clinical genomics programs and modernize patient care. We believe in the potential of genomics to transform human health and are working to ensure that communities anywhere can experience the benefits. With advanced interpretation technology connected to the most comprehensive genomic knowledgebase, Pierian empowers providers with genomic insights to fulfill the promise of precision care. For more information, visit www.pieriandx.com.

About Biodesix
Biodesix is a leading data-driven diagnostic solutions company with a focus in lung disease. The Company develops diagnostic tests addressing important clinical questions by combining multi-omics through the power of artificial intelligence. Biodesix is the first company to offer eight non-invasive tests for patients with lung diseases. The blood based Nodify Lung® nodule risk assessment testing strategy, consisting of the Nodify XL2® and the Nodify CDT® tests, evaluates the risk of malignancy in incidental pulmonary nodules, enabling physicians to better triage patients to the most appropriate course of action. The blood based IQLung™ strategy for lung cancer patients integrates the GeneStrat® targeted test, the GeneStrat NGS™ test and the VeriStrat® test to support treatment decisions across all stages of lung cancer with results in 36-72 hours, expediting time to treatment. Biodesix also leverages the proprietary and advanced Diagnostic Cortex® AI (Artificial Intelligence) platform, to collaborate with many of the world’s leading biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies to solve complex diagnostic challenges in lung disease. Biodesix launched the SARS-CoV-2 ddPCR™ test, the Platelia SARS-CoV-2 Total Ab, and the cPass™ SARS-CoV-2 Neutralization Antibody test (cPass™ Neutralization Test Kit, GenScript, Inc,) in response to the global pandemic and virus that impacts the lung and causes COVID-19. For more information about Biodesix, visit biodesix.com.

Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
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