The Comprehensive Cancer Center Innsbruck Joins Caris Life Sciences’ Precision Oncology Alliance as First International Member
Caris Life Sciences®,a leading innovator in molecular science focused on fulfilling the promise of precision medicine, today announced that the Comprehensive Cancer Center Innsbruck (CCCI) based at the University Hospital in Innsbruck, Austria, has joined Caris’ Precision Oncology Alliance™ (POA) as its first international member. CCCI`s participation in the POA is intended to link them closely with the U.S. oncology community and enable use of Caris’ profiling technology as their standard profiling approach. Through participation with other leading cancer centers, CCCI will help develop standards of care and best practices to advance the use of tumor profiling in Europe and worldwide.
“The addition of CCCI broadens access to tumor profiling in Europe and further enhances the ability to collectively capture molecular expression data and track patient outcomes on a larger scale. This molecular data, which includes longitudinal outcomes tracking, is the backbone of the Caris Experience and our world-class POA collaborators are diving into our data set of more than 123,000 clinical cases with thousands of associated patient outcomes,” said W. Michael Korn, Chief Medical Officer of Caris Life Sciences. “I am a pleased to have CCCI join this cooperative group and I look forward to collaborating with them to refine and ensure the most clinically actionable, evidence-based approach to tumor profiling is available to cancer patients around the world.”
The POA, which now consists of 19 academic, hospital and community-based cancer institutions, including five NCI-Designated Cancer Centers and its first European institution, is broadening patient access to precision medicine tools and establishing evidence-based standards for tumor profiling through outcomes tracking and data analysis. The POA, including CCCI, will leverage Caris’ comprehensive genomic profiling plus (CGP+) tumor profiling service, Caris Molecular Intelligence®, to identify therapy options and clinical trial opportunities based on the unique molecular characteristics of a patient’s tumor.
“We are excited to have CCCI, and Dr. Andreas Seeber as its coordinator, join our growing alliance and look forward to continuing our long-standing collaboration with their high-caliber team,” said John Marshall, M.D., Director of the Otto J. Ruesch Center for the Cure of Gastrointestinal Cancer at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and Chief of the Division of Hematology-Oncology at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, and Chairman of the POA Executive Committee. “Our alliance has seen significant growth since we launched in 2015 and the demand for precision medicine solutions from both patients and biopharmaceutical companies has dramatically increased. We look forward to continuing our work and to advance the precision medicine and molecular testing.”
Caris Molecular Intelligence assesses DNA, RNA and proteins to reveal a molecular profile to guide more precise and individualized treatment decisions. Based on the unique molecular characteristics of an individual patient’s cancer, the results help inform treatment decisions by identifying therapies that have the potential to be most effective and to rule out those that are less likely to work.
“We’ve been working with Caris Life Sciences to prospectively profile more than 110 patients and have witnessed very impressive clinical outcomes,” said Prof. Günther Gastl, M.D., Director of the Department of Hematology & Oncology at the Innsbruck Medical University. “Based on the excellent results, we are installing Caris Molecular Intelligence tumor profiling at our institution as standard profiling practice for our cancer patients. Being a member of the POA provides us access to this essential technology and allows us to collaborate with other institutions that are working toward the same objective: improving cancer patient care and outcomes.”