VolitionRx Initiates Clinical Trial with German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) to Evaluate NuQ(R) Blood Test for Pancreatic Cancer

750-patient study will assess VolitionRx's proprietary Nucleosomics® platform for non-invasive detection of pancreatic cancer

NAMUR, Belgium, May 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- VolitionRx Limited (NYSE MKT: VNRX) today announced that it is initiating a study with DKFZ, the German Cancer Research Center, to evaluate VolitionRx's NuQ® blood tests for the detection of pancreatic cancer.

This collaboration follows VolitionRx's announcements last year of highly encouraging data from two preliminary studies for pancreatic cancer detection. Results from a 59-patient trial with Lund University in Sweden, published in the journal Clinical Epigenetics, demonstrated a detection rate of 92% (23 of 25) of pancreatic cancer cases at 100% specificity using a panel of four NuQ® biomarker assays and the classical CA19-9 cancer biomarker. A second study with Hvidovre Hospital, University of Copenhagen in Denmark, demonstrated that a panel of two NuQ® biomarker assays and the classical cancer marker CEA (carcino-embryonic antigen) in an age and gender adjusted panel detected 95% (19 out of 20) of pancreatic cancers at 84% specificity.

Professor Hermann Brenner, epidemiologist at DKFZ said, "VolitionRx has demonstrated some very encouraging early results for pancreatic detection using the Company's NuQ® blood-based diagnostic tool. This larger trial with DKFZ will provide a more extensive opportunity to evaluate the effectiveness of Nucleosomics® technology for pancreatic cancer diagnosis, a high-unmet medical need worldwide."

Dr. Mark Eccleston, VolitionRx's Business Development Director, said, "We are delighted to be working with a world class institution such as DKFZ to advance our pancreatic cancer tests.  Our preliminary studies indicate that NuQ® tests can identify disease-associated nucleosomes in the blood of patients with pancreatic cancer, and differentiate those from healthy populations as well as those with other benign pancreatic diseases. Our goal at VolitionRx is to complete this trial by the end of this year and if successful, to begin the regulatory work to sell clinically in 2017, starting in Europe."

VolitionRx's proprietary NuQ® blood tests are based on biomarker assays that can identify fragments of chromosomes, called nucleosomes, circulating in the blood and analyze them for epigenetic modifications that signal that cancer is present.

The five-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer is currently just 7.7%1, due to late diagnosis and the aggressive nature of the cancer. Screening for this cancer is only currently recommended for individuals considered at high risk of developing pancreatic cancer, as the only available methods are expensive or invasive techniques.2 CA19-9, the only blood based biomarker for pancreatic cancer, has relatively low accuracy and is therefore used mainly for monitoring treatment response and disease progression. Despite this limitation, there are still over 46 million CA 19-9 tests performed in the US, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Japan annually.3 Either replacing or augmenting this test would be the first target for VolitionRx in bringing a pancreatic blood test to market.

VolitionRx's Chief Executive Officer, Cameron Reynolds, added, "VolitionRx plans to launch its first commercial product, a blood test for colorectal cancer, later this year. Because our two preliminary trials for pancreatic cancer have produced such outstanding results, we anticipate this will be followed soon after by a NuQ® panel test for pancreatic cancer. This trial with DKFZ allows us to expand our analysis very quickly, with results expected by the end of the year, in a large sample set with a world class institution. If successful, this would be a game changing breakthrough in the diagnosis of this very deadly cancer."

Results from on-going clinical trials assessing the effectiveness of VolitionRx's biomarker assays, include:

Colorectal cancer and pre-cancerous colorectal adenomas

Pancreatic cancer

Prostate Cancer

Lung cancer

Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis



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Canto MI, Harinck F, Hruban RH, Offerhaus GJ, Poley JW, Kamel I, et al. International Cancer of the Pancreas Screening (CAPS) Consortium summit on the management of patients with increased risk for familial pancreatic cancer. Gut. 2013 Mar. 62(3):339-47


Research and Markets. CA 19-9: 2013-2018 Test Volume and Sales Forecasts by Country and Market Segment: Hospitals, Commercial Labs, POC Locations -- France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, UK, USA. November 2014.

About VolitionRx

VolitionRx is a life sciences company focused on developing diagnostic tests for cancer and other conditions. The tests are based on the science of Nucleosomics®, which is the practice of identifying and measuring nucleosomes in the bloodstream or other bodily fluid – an indication that disease 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 centered in Belgium as the company focuses on bringing its diagnostic products to market first in Europe, then in the U.S. and ultimately, worldwide.

Visit VolitionRx's website (http://www.volitionrx.com) or connect with us via Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook or YouTube.

About DKFZ

Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, or DKFZ, is the largest biomedical research institute in Germany. It is a world-renowned research institute engaged in basic and clinical research aimed at developing effective methods for cancer detection, prevention and therapy. With access to trial samples across clinical centers in Germany, DKFZ performs multiple Government funded and collaborative research projects with corporate partners.

Visit DKFZ's website (https://www.dkfz.de) for more information.

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