Berlin, Germany, and U.S.A., November 27, 2013 – Epigenomics AG (Frankfurt Prime Standard: ECX, OTC: EPGNY), the German-American cancer molecular diagnostics company, today announced that the Company was informed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) via the premarket approval (PMA) review process for Epi proColon® that the Meeting of the Molecular and Clinical Genetics Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee has been tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, March 25th, 2014. Epigenomics expects the final date for the meeting will be announced publicly via a Federal Register notification. Epi proColon® is Epigenomics’ blood-based screening test for colorectal cancer.
The Company had completed filing a PMA submission in early 2013, which was subsequently accepted for review and granted priority review status by the FDA in February 2013.
“We are extremely pleased to announce that the FDA Advisory Committee meeting for our blood based colorectal cancer screening test has now been scheduled. After having completed all outstanding questions and information requests by the FDA, this represents an important step forward in bringing Epi proColon® to physicians and patients in North America”, explained Thomas Taapken, CEO/CFO of Epigenomics. “We are looking forward to discussing Epi proColon® in front of key opinion leaders in the US, who play an important role in FDA review process.”
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Epigenomics (www.epigenomics.com) is a molecular diagnostics company developing and commercializing a pipeline of proprietary products for cancer. The Company’s products enable doctors to diagnose cancer earlier and more accurately, leading to improved outcomes for patients. Epigenomics’ lead product, Epi proColon®, is a blood-based test for the early detection of colorectal cancer, which is currently marketed in Europe and is under regulatory review for the U.S.A. The Company’s technology and products have been evaluated through multiple partnerships with leading global diagnostic companies and testing laboratories. Epigenomics is an international company with operations in Europe and the U.S.A.
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