AUSTIN, Texas, March 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- ASPiRA LABs, a Vermillion company (NASDAQ: VRML), today announced a major contractedagreement with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan for ASPiRA's U.S. FDA cleared, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommended ovarian cancer risk assessment test, OVA1 (MIA). Blue Cross Blue
"We are pleased to announce our Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan agreement for OVA1 (MIA)," said Valerie Palmieri, President and CEO of Vermillion, Inc. "We continue to execute on our managed care strategy, which has direct impact on access for women in Michigan and the surrounding states. Michigan and the Great Lakes area is a target market for ASPiRA."
"Days and weeks matter with ovarian cancer. The mortality rate of ovarian cancer has not changed in 40 years, even following the introduction of CA125. Two thirds of women today with ovarian cancer do not receive the initial appropriate treatment. Now that ACOG has included OVA1 (MIA) in their guidelines for the Evaluation and Management of Adnexal Masses,1 and the FDA clarified in December 2016 that its Ovarian Cancer Screening safety warning did not apply to OVA1 (MIA)/Overa (MIA2G), we believe Vermillion is well positioned to continue to expand coverage and increase access to our technologies, and ensure optimal care for all patients."
See website to review clinical studies showing OVA1's (MIA's) strong performance over CA125:
Vermillion, Inc. is dedicated to the discovery, development and commercialization of novel high-value diagnostic and bio-analytical solutions that help physicians diagnose, treat and improve gynecologic health outcomes for women. Vermillion, along with its prestigious scientific collaborators, discovers, develops and delivers innovative diagnostic and technology tools that help women with serious diseases. The company's initial in vitro diagnostic test, OVA1® (MIA), was the first FDA-cleared, protein-based In Vitro Diagnostic Multivariate Index Assay, and represented a new class of software-based liquid biopsy in vitro diagnostics. In March 2016, Vermillion received FDA clearance for Overa™, a second generation OVA1 (MIA2G) test with significantly improved specificity and ease of use. For additional information, including published clinical trials, visit www.vermillion.com.
About OVA1® (MIA) and Overa™ (MIA2G)
This press release contains forward-looking statements, as that term is defined in the Private Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve significant risks and uncertainties including statements regarding Vermillion's position to expand coverage for OVA1 (MIA). Words such as "may," "expects," "intends," "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "plans," "seeks," "could," "should," "continue," "will," "potential," "projects" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based on Vermillion's expectations as of the date of this press release. A variety of factors could cause actual results and experience to differ materially from the anticipated results or other expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements, including changes to interpretations of existing laws and regulations and other factors that are described in Vermillion's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015 and Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2016 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Vermillion expressly disclaims any obligation to update, amend or clarify any forward-looking statements to reflect events, new information or circumstances occurring after the date of this press release, except as required by law.
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1 American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. ACOG Practice Bulletin #174. Evaluation and Management of Adnexal Masses. Obstet Gynecol. 2016; 128:e210-26.2 Ware Miller R, Smith A, DeSimone CP, Seamon L, Goodrich S, Podzielinski I, et al. Performance of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists' ovarian tumor referral guidelines with an index assay. Obstet Gynecol 2011 Jun; 117(6):1298-306.3 Longoria TC, Ueland FR, Zhang Z, Chan DW, Smith A, Fung ET, et al. Clinical performance of a multivariate index assay for detecting early-stage ovarian cancer. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2014 Jan; 210(1):78.e1-9.4 Bristow RE, Smith A, Zhang Z, Chan DW, Crutcher G, Fung ET, et al. Ovarian malignancy risk stratification of the adnexal mass using a multivariate index assay. Gynecol Oncol 2013 Feb; 128(2):252-9.5 Eskander RN, Carpenter BA, Wu HG, Wolf JK. The clinical utility of an elevated-risk multivariate index assay score in ovarian cancer patients. Curr Med Res Opin 2016 Jun; 32(6):1161-5.
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