Leading Regional Hospital Network in Asia to Offer Champions TumorGraft® to Cancer Patients
Hackensack, NJ – February 26, 2014 – Champions Oncology (OTC : CSBR) a company engaged in the development of advanced technology solutions and services to personalize the development and use of oncology drugs, today announced that a leading hospital network in Asia, Parkway Cancer Centre (PCC), will begin offering Champions TumorGrafts® to cancer patients at its three facilities in Singapore and network locations throughout South East Asia.
“Partnering with Parkway Cancer Centre expands our reach in Singapore and enables us to bring TumorGrafts to patients throughout South East Asia,” said Ronnie Morris, M.D., President of Champions Oncology. “We have been very impressed with PCCs clinical and business acumen. They orchestrated a very successful launch with an exciting amount of media and patient exposure.”
Dr. Ang Peng Tiam, Medical Director and Senior Consultant of Medical Oncology at Parkway Cancer Centre, added, “The battle against cancer is not an easy one. The silver lining of this reality is that constant advancements in medicines and medical technology are slowly but surely tipping the battle against cancer in our favor. Helping patients achieve the best possible outcome is what PCC strives to achieve, as well as keeping tabs on better drugs and advances in medical technology. The preliminary results demonstrated by the use of Champions TumorGraft in identifying the agents that are most likely to help each individual cancer patient are encouraging. This new approach offers hope to patients by providing a better chance of fighting the disease.”
Champions TumorGraft is a personalized approach to guide treatment decisions for cancer patients. A piece of the patient’s living tumor is removed during surgery or biopsy and implanted in immune-deficient mice. After the TumorGraft grows, still closely resembling the patient’s tumor, Champions Oncology tests drug treatments in the TumorGraft and measures the response. Champions Oncology early experience has demonstrated that the TumorGraft has high rates of predictability using multiple therapies, including single-agent and combination chemotherapy regimens, targeted biological drugs and anti-angiogenics.
A TumorGraft, once grown, can be preserved as a living sample for future patient use. These banked TumorGrafts can be re-grown and tested in the event of cancer progression or recurrence. They have been successfully engrafted in most solid tumor types, including colorectal, ovarian, lung, breast, sarcoma, pancreatic, stomach, esophageal and others.