Labcorp (NYSE: LH), a leading global life sciences company, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Personal Genome Diagnostics Inc. (PGDx), a leader in cancer genomics with a portfolio of comprehensive liquid biopsy and tissue-based products.
The addition of PGDx and its technology complements and accelerates Labcorp’s existing liquid biopsy capabilities and expands Labcorp’s leading oncology portfolio of next-generation sequencing (NGS)-based genomic profiling capabilities, positioning Labcorp at the forefront of driving better patient outcomes in oncology. PGDx enhances Labcorp’s ability to increase access to oncology care in the global community through kitted solutions that allow hospital systems and laboratories to run these tests internally, bringing precision diagnostics closer to the patient and helping close a common gap in the delivery of cancer care. Labcorp’s global reach also provides the opportunity to bring this technology to pharmaceutical companies for clinical trial research to advance cancer treatments, potentially impacting clinical outcomes in millions of people with cancer.
“Labcorp’s leadership and scale in diagnostic testing and drug development, coupled with PGDx’s innovative technology and suite of capabilities, will accelerate access to personalized treatments for cancer patients globally,” said Adam Schechter, chairman and CEO of Labcorp. “PGDx’s comprehensive portfolio of next-generation sequencing products will meaningfully add to our breadth of capabilities, in line with our strategic priority to lead in oncology. PGDx’s technology is well positioned in an important segment with strong growth prospects. We look forward to welcoming PGDx’s talented team and working together to bring world-class diagnostics, technology and treatments within reach for all.”
Under the terms of the agreement, Labcorp will pay $450 million in cash at closing and up to an additional $125 million on achieving future performance milestones.
PGDx’s centralized and decentralized offerings will enhance the scalability of the technology and support long-term growth across Labcorp’s oncology portfolio, while also enabling Labcorp to seamlessly offer oncology testing at every stage of care. PGDx offers the only diagnostic kit cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for pan-solid cancer comprehensive tumor profiling using a 500+ gene panel.
Next-generation sequencing, including liquid biopsy, represents the future of treatment and response monitoring in people with cancer. Liquid biopsy testing can also eliminate the need for an invasive biopsy procedure, reducing costs and improving patient outcomes. When combined with cutting-edge data analysis capabilities, NGS is the most advanced technology in the field today for identifying the best therapy available for each patient. As more cancer patients gain access to NGS testing, Labcorp will be able to offer enriched, actionable and data-driven insights. These insights can be used by pharmaceutical companies and cancer care teams to accelerate patient recruitment for clinical trials and identify patients eligible for approved treatments.
Overall demand for noninvasive tumor profiling and therapeutic response monitoring is expected to grow significantly—largely attributable to technological advances in the identification of biomarkers utilizing NGS, applicability to companion diagnostics and immuno-oncology solutions, and widespread government support.
“We share Labcorp’s vision of improving health care decisions and outcomes through science, data and a continued commitment to innovation,” said Megan Bailey, CEO of PGDx. “For over a decade, PGDx has made great progress toward that goal. As a part of the Labcorp family, we have an incredible opportunity to broaden and accelerate our impact on cancer care through Labcorp’s global reach.”
The acquisition of PGDx is the latest development in Labcorp’s long-standing commitment to integrate precision medicine into its comprehensive offering of oncology solutions. Labcorp currently offers OmniSeq INSIGHTSM, a NGS-based, precision medicine test for solid tumors, IntelliGEN® Myeloid, a NGS-based precision medicine test for myeloid malignancies, and hereditary cancer genetic testing through VistaSeqSM. Labcorp also offers clonoSEQ®, the first and only FDA-cleared assay for measurable, residual disease detection, and Resolution ctDx Lung™, a non-invasive test for patients with non-small-cell lung cancer.
PGDx 2021 revenues are expected to be approximately $22 million and projected revenues for 2022 are expected to grow to nearly $40 million. The acquisition is expected to be slightly dilutive to Labcorp’s adjusted earnings per share over the next couple of years and provide returns in excess of its cost of capital by year five.
The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals, including under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2022. Hogan Lovells and Kilpatrick Townsend acted as legal advisors to Labcorp. Cooley LLP acted as legal advisor and Cowen acted as financial advisor to PGDx.