In an Oct. 25 research note, H.C. Wainwright & Co. analyst Yi Chen reported that newly compiled data support the clinical utility of Interpace Diagnostics Group Inc.'s (IDXG:NASDAQ) PancraGEN and could help drive market adoption of it.
The diagnostic test is used for early detection of cancer in indeterminate pancreatic cysts and pancreatobiliary solid lesions.
Chen reviewed and commented on the new data. They are from a retrospective records review of 2,167 patients who had two or more endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine needle aspirations (EUS-FNAs) of their pancreatic cyst and were tested with PancraGEN between April 2002 and March 2019. Interpace presented these study results recently at the annual meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology.
"The data demonstrate that examining molecular progression and regression of pancreatic cysts over time using PancraGEN can lead to a better understanding of their natural history, which can help guide the frequency of surveillance," Chen noted.
Specifically, findings showed that 86% of patients initially had a low risk PancraGEN result. Among those, at follow-up EUS-FNA, PancraGEN showed 92% to still be low risk and 8% to now be moderate or high risk. About 99% of diagnostic progression was only to moderate risk.
Of the 14% who initially had a moderate or high risk PancraGEN result, 21% remained moderate or high risk at follow-up whereas 79% regressed to low risk. More than 99% of the cases of diagnostic regression was from moderate risk.
Chen reported, too, that last month, Interpace contracted with three independent Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) plans, equating to 5 million covered lives across Alabama, Arkansas and Arizona. This development means these insurers' subscribers now have in-network access to the biotech's ThyGeNEXT and ThyraMIR tests, which are used to evaluate indeterminate thyroid biopsies.
These and previously announced similar contracts boost the positioning of Interpace's thyroid diagnostics in the market and ensure reimbursement for their use, Chen pointed out. "We believe the company's continuous expansion in contracts with commercial payors should increase market adoption and test volume growth in the coming quarters," he added.
H.C. Wainwright has a Buy rating and a $2 per share target price on Interpace, whose stock is now trading at around $0.78 per share.[NLINSERT]
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