AnPac Bio Continues to Build Strong Patent Portfolio, with 3rd Patent Granted This Year in the United States
SAN JOSE, Calif., May 26, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AnPac Bio-Medical Science Co., Ltd. (“AnPac Bio,” the “Company” or “we”) (NASDAQ: ANPC), a biotechnology company with operations in China and the United States focused on early cancer screening and detection, announced today that another new US patent titled “Apparatus for Improved Disease Detection” was granted to the Company by the United States Patent and Trademark Office on May 20, 2020, which is the second AnPac Bio patent granted this month, and the third in 2020. The new patent covers novel medical device structures, methods, and biophysical related test parameters for improved detection performance. The newly granted patent this week brings the total number of issued and granted AnPac Bio patents to nineteen in the United States.
“AnPac Bio has always focused on technological innovation and building a strong patent and IP portfolio in the space of cancer screening and detection. We will continue to invest aggressively in advanced cancer detection technologies and related intellectual property, and maintain our competitiveness in the space of cancer screening and detection,” said Dr. Chris Yu, CEO and Chairman of AnPac Bio. “Our patent applications in China, the U.S. and nearly 20 other countries and regions throughout the world, if granted, will further enhance our competitive advantage, and will play an important role in the anticipated commercialization of AnPac Bio’s cancer risk assessment test in the U.S.”
Dr. Chris Yu continued, “The newly granted patent strengthens our position in our cancer detection medical device’s [designs and structures, detection methods, novel test parameters, and new reagents, which is expected to further solidify our competitive advantages in the technical space of cancer screening and detection. AnPac Bio’s cancer screening and detection sample size had increased to 169,800, including 42,300 samples from research studies, as of March 31, 2020. AnPac Bio will continue to build a significant database which will provide a major contribution to our understanding of cancer occurrence and help us solve the challenging task of early stage cancer detection.”
About AnPac Bio
AnPac Bio is a biotechnology company focused on early cancer screening and detection, with 121 granted patents as of December 31, 2019. With two certified clinical laboratories in China and one CLIA and CAP accredited clinical laboratory in the United States, AnPac Bio performs a suite of cancer screening and detection tests, including CDA (Cancer Differentiation Analysis), bio-chemical, immunological, and genomics tests. In a recent market research report by Frost & Sullivan, AnPac Bio ranked second worldwide among companies offering next-generation early cancer screening and detection technologies in terms of the number of clinical samples for cancer screening and detection, based on approximately 35,000 clinical samples as at June 30, 2019. AnPac Bio’s CDA technology has been shown in retrospective validation studies to be able to detect the risk of over 20 different cancer types with high sensitivity and specificity.
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