First in vitro diagnostic test to target ROS1-positive lung cancers
Roche Diagnostics has launched the VENTANA ROS1 (SP384) antibody, the first and only in vitro diagnostic ROS1 immunohistochemistry (IHC) assay. The test detects the presence of ROS1 protein in tissue, and may be useful in identifying ROS1-positive lung cancer cases. Mutations of the ROS1 gene are present in some non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cases and can help indicate which patients would respond with a targeted treatment.
As these types of cancer are rare, found in up to 2% of NSCLC cases, the use of a ROS1 IHC biomarker may provide a cost-effective and efficient means of identifying cases with elevated ROS1 protein expression, before confirming by another method, such as by fluorescence in situ hybridisation (FISH) or nextgeneration sequencing (NGS).
“Our highly sensitive ROS1 test is the first in vitro diagnostic test available for recommended lung cancer testing guidelines, with the added benefit of rapid turnaround time,” said Pierre Hazlewood, Marketing Director at Roche Diagnostics. “While this is important in non-small cell lung cancer cases today, ROS1 is also being investigated in a number of clinical trials in other cancer types.”