AnPac Bio Granted New Patent in Novel Medical Device for Disease Detection in the United States
SAN JOSE, Calif., May 11, 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 the allowance by the United States Patent and Trademark Office on May 6, 2020 of a new US patent for a novel medical device for disease detection utilizing integrated circuit technology. By using the said medical device, improved detection performance can be obtained.
“As a biotechnology company capable of multi-cancer screening and detection, AnPac Bio continues to focus on technical innovations and endeavors to increase its clinical sample size and data base in the field of cancer screening and detection,” said Dr. Chris Yu, CEO and Chairman of AnPac Bio. “We are fully committed to patent and intellectual property protection and technical validations, and are working on the commercialization of our cancer screening and detection tests in the U.S.”
Dr. Chris Yu continued, “The newly granted patent marks another milestone for AnPac Bio’s technological development and is expected to contribute to the Company’s expansion in the U.S. market. The new US patents will allow AnPac Bio to further solidify our capabilities in multi-cancer screening and detection, enhance our platform of disease detection that includes novel design and fabrication of medical devices multiple testing parameters and improved detection methods, including higher sensitivity and specificity and ability to detect pre-cancer diseases and early stages of cancer of many types, and enable us to better serve our clients in the U.S. in the future.”
The Company has been granted two new patents in the U.S. recently (including the one announced in this press release, which brings the Company’s total U.S. granted patent number to eighteen as of the date of this press release. As we previously announced on March 24, 2020, the United States Patent and Trademark Office granted the Company a patent claiming an integrated and decomposable micro apparatus that can be used for site-specific delivery of a drug, a medical kit, a micro disease detection system, or even an auto-navigation system for in vivo applications.
In recent years, AnPac Bio has been expanding its capabilities and facilities, including establishing laboratories, in the U.S. These laboratories are expected to add to AnPac Bio’s ability to establish closer business ties with potential clients after the commercialization of its cancer screening and detection tests in the U.S. in the future. The Company is in the process of establishing its second laboratory in the U.S., which is located in Philadelphia, PA, and will serve as the Company’s new headquarters when it is ready for use expected by the end of this year. Together with the Company’s other laboratory in San Jose, CA, AnPac Bio could efficiently cover businesses in the U.S. with one laboratory in the west coast and the other in the east coast in the future.
About AnPac Bio
AnPac Bio is a biotechnology company focused on early cancer screening and detection, with 121 issued 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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