Yourgene's cancer test receives Australian approval
Francesca Morgan
Company News - 2 mins
11:14, 14th February 2020

London-listed Yourgene Health (AIM:YGEN) FOLLOW said that its cancer diagnostics test, Elucigene DPYD, has been approved for sale in Australia as an in vitro diagnostic.

The approval was made by the Therapeutic Goods Administration, the regulatory body for therapeutic goods under the Australian Department of Health.

Yourgene announced the launch of Elucigene DPYD, its first oncology product, in September 2019.

Using a genotyping test, the product can determine cancer patients with dihydropyrimidine dehydrogenase deficiency which can cause severe and sometimes lethal side effects in patients receiving chemotherapy drug 5-Fluorouracil (5-FU).

The deficiency can be a common occurrence for patients undergoing treatment for colon, oesophageal, stomach, pancreatic, breast and cervical cancers, the statement outlined.

Shares in Yourgene Health were trading 1.19% higher at 14.93p during Friday trading.

It is estimated that 20% of over 2 million people who are treated with 5-FU every year will be hospitalised as a result of DPD deficiency, with 1% of those cases being potentially fatal.

The Elucigene DPYD will be sold by Southern Cross as the company’s sole distribution partner in Australia. 

“We are extremely pleased to address another market with our first oncology test which has already seen traction in the UK and Europe since its launch in September 2019, and reinforces our strategic plans of product penetration and geographic expansion,” said Lyn Rees, Chief Executive of Yourgene.

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