VolitionRx Granted Its Second U.S. Patent

NAMUR, Belgium, Nov. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- VolitionRx Limited (NYSE MKT: VNRX), a life sciences company focused on developing blood tests for a broad range of cancer types and other conditions, today announced the grant of U.S. Patent Number 9187780 entitled "Method for Detecting Nucleosome Adducts."

The new U.S. patent, issued today and expiring in December 2032, relates to VolitionRx's Nucleosomics® platform for the detection of changes in fragments of chromosomes, called nucleosomes. Scientists at VolitionRx have discovered that cancer-related proteins that form bonds with chromosomes in living cancer cells can also be detected and measured bound to nucleosomes circulating in the blood of cancer patients. The newly issued patent covers the methods for measuring these nucleosome-protein complexes, known as "adducts."

Dr. Jake Micallef, Chief Scientific Officer of VolitionRx, remarked, "This is a core technology patent for VolitionRx that we believe has an enormous potential application for non-invasive blood testing in cancer -- including the measurement of Estrogen Receptor Adducts and Androgen Receptor Adducts, which should be pivotal for the detection breast and prostate cancer disease respectively. The award of this second U.S. patent for the detection of proteins bound to nucleosomes, follows the recent award of our first U.S. patent covering measurement of cancerous changes to the nucleosomes themselves. The new patent is a further milestone in VolitionRx's progress to build up a world-wide portfolio of intellectual property to protect its Nucleosomics® technology. We continue towards our goal of bringing accurate and affordable detection of early-stage cancer in simple blood tests to market and helping as many patients as possible."

Cameron Reynolds, Chief Executive Officer of VolitionRx, added, "With the grant of a second patent in the U.S., VolitionRx is making progress toward commercializing our proprietary Nucleosomics® platform. The company is developing a world-wide portfolio of broad-reaching, wholly-owned and royalty-free patents to help protect the company's intellectual property estate and shareholder value. The VolitionRx-owned patent portfolio currently extends to eight patent families of issued and pending patents in market territories worldwide. Our scientific team is continuing to expand our patent portfolio and we expect further U.S. and other patent grants moving forward. I would also like to congratulate our Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Micallef, who authored this patent, for his tireless work and vision during the past 6 years -- work that is now coming to fruition."

About VolitionRx

VolitionRx is a life sciences company focused on developing blood-based diagnostic tests for different types of cancer. The tests are based on the science of Nucleosomics which is the practice of identifying and measuring nucleosomes in the bloodstream -- an indication that cancer is present.

VolitionRx's goal is to make the tests as common and simple to use, for both patients and doctors, as existing diabetic and cholesterol blood tests. VolitionRx's research and development activities are currently centred in Belgium as the company focuses on bringing its diagnostic products to market first in Europe, then in the U.S. and ultimately, worldwide.

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