Thursday, January 15th, 2015

SINGAPORE -- (Marketwired) -- Vela Diagnostics announced today the CE-IVD launch of the Sentosa® SQ Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) Panel.1 This is the next in a series of NGS oncology panels from Vela Diagnostics, which recently launched the CE-IVD Sentosa® SQ Melanoma Panel.1

Colorectal cancer (CRC), also known as colon, rectal or bowel cancer, is the third most common type of cancer globally and makes up about 10% of all cases.2 In 2012, 1.4 million new cases were detected and 694,000 deaths were caused by CRC.2

Detecting mutations in specific genes helps to assess the prognosis and management of patients. The management can include surgery, radiation and medical treatment, including targeted treatment. The Sentosa® SQ CRC NGS Panel supports clinical decision-making by identifying hot spot mutations and sequence variants in target regions. The Sentosa® SQ CRC NGS Panel is able to simultaneously detect 112 clinically relevant hot spot mutations in 11 genes; it exhibits a Limit of Detection (LOD) of 5% with minimal DNA concentration of 5 ng per library. The Sentosa® SQ CRC NGS Panel displays a reproducibility of 99.89% (95% CI: 99.82% - 99.93%).

The Sentosa® SQ CRC NGS Panel is designed for use on the automated Sentosa® NGS workflow, which enables quick turn-around time. The workflow comprises two systems: the Sentosa® SX101 automated pipetting system enabling automated DNA extraction and library set-up, and the NGS system. The NGS system consists of the Sentosa® ST401 instruments that provide an automated solution for template preparation and enrichments, the Sentosa® SQ301 sequencer and server, as well as the Sentosa® SQ Reporter for efficient data analysis and report generation.

Vela Diagnostics offers automated platforms that support both NGS and PCR workflows. The workflows share the Sentosa® SX101 automated pipetting system, thereby increasing efficiency and flexibility. Currently Vela Diagnostics offers 30 PCR tests (27 CE-IVD)1 and four NGS tests (two CE-IVD)1. Three additional NGS panels are planned for 2015.

1 Availability status subject to country regulatory approvals. Refer to the website for more details.

2 World Cancer Report 2014. World Health Organization. 2014. Chapter 1.1. ISBN 9283204298.

About Vela Diagnostics

Vela Diagnostics is a worldwide provider of integrated molecular diagnostics workflows that address individual testing needs. Established in 2011 with its global headquarters in Singapore, Vela Diagnostics provides innovative test and data reporting solutions for Real-Time PCR and Next-Generation Sequencing. Integrating both PCR and NGS solutions to test for infectious diseases and oncologic targets increases flexibility and efficiency of the workflow and enables laboratories to overcome complex diagnostic challenges. Reliable and multi-purpose instruments help reduce cost for optimal efficiency across laboratories of all sizes. With scalability and open-channel capabilities, laboratories also benefit from the flexibility and versatility of the systems available. For more information, please visit www.veladx.com.

Media Contact:
Esther Chew
Marketing Communications Manager
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+65 6690 6016

Keywords

Vela Diagnostics, PCR, NGS, IT, testing, infectious diseases, diagnostic, oncology, cancer, health, melanoma, Colorectal Cancer, CRC, Next-Generation Sequencing

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