MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--OPKO Health, Inc. (NYSE:OPK) announced today that its GeneDx business unit has expanded its inherited cancer panel offerings and genetic tests to include four additional genes.
The four genes are POLD1, POLE, SCG5/GREM1, and SMARCA4. Three of the genes, POLD1, POLE and SCG5/GREM1, are associated with colon polyposis, colon cancer and endometrial cancer; while SMARCA4 is associated with an increased risk of a rare form of ovarian cancer. With the addition of these genes to the inherited cancer testing portfolio, it is possible to more effectively identify patients at risk. Once abnormalities are identified, patients can work with their healthcare providers to understand their specific cancer risk and what they can do to manage that risk.
“The addition of these four genes to the genetic tests now available from GeneDx can help in the diagnosis of rare syndromes associated with increased risk of colorectal, endometrial, ovarian and other cancers,” said Marc. D. Grodman, M.D., CEO of BioReference Laboratories Inc., a subsidiary of OPKO.
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OPKO is a multi-national biopharmaceutical and diagnostics company that seeks to establish industry leading positions in large and rapidly growing medical markets by leveraging our discovery, development and commercialization expertise and our novel and proprietary technologies. For more information, visit http://www.opko.com.
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