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Dr. John Lewis recognized for a breakthrough innovation with commercial application: ClarityDX Prostate

Alberta’s life sciences industry association; BioAlberta, hosted its 2018 awards gala in Calgary, September 24. BioAlberta honoured Dr. John Lewis, the Frank and Carla Sojonky Chair in Prostate Cancer Research and an Associate Professor at the University of Alberta, with its Scientific Achievement and Innovation Award.

The Scientific Achievement and Innovation award recognizes an individual or a team responsible for a breakthrough innovation with commercial application. John Lewis and his research team based with his spin-off company Nanostics Inc. developed ClarityDX Prostate, a blood test designed to accurately diagnose aggressive prostate cancer. ClarityDX Prostate will give clinicians and physicians another tool to help them and their patients decide to perform a biopsy, or not. When the test becomes commercially available it is expected to reduce the number of prostate biopsies by 50%.

BioAlberta also gave out The Company of the Year award to Circle Cardiovascular Imaging Inc. for significant achievement within the marketplace and Alberta’s business community. It has developed technology to produce an innovative post-processing cardiovascular imaging solution to improve patient outcomes that provides fast, accurate and reproducible images to assist physicians in earlier diagnosis and treatment.

Mel Wong, President and CEO of BioAlberta presented the awards with these comments, “We commend Circle Cardiovascular Imaging and Dr. John Lewis for their exceptional achievements in life sciences, Alberta’s life sciences industry is maturing and these award winners exemplify Alberta’s capacity for global impact.”

More than 200 representatives from industry, the investment community, government and innovation support organizations attended the awards gala that was held in partnership with TEC Edmonton, and with generous event sponsors. Read more in this Financial Post article.

Congratulations to John Lewis on receiving BioAlberta’s Scientific Achievement and Innovation Award!

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ClarityDX Prostate clinical study expanding to the United States

Oct 8, 2019: APCaRI and Nanostics Inc. are excited to announce the opening of the first recruitment site in the US for the ClarityDX Prostate clinical validation study with Century Clinical Research Inc., based in Daytona Beach, Florida. ClarityDX Prostate is a novel liquid biopsy test for the early diagnosis of clinically significant prostate cancer.

The clinical validation study targets the recruitment of 2,800 patients with elevated levels of PSA. Therefore, US recruitment will significantly accelerate the clinical study timeline and increase patient cohort diversity.

Funding support to include US patients comes from the Bird Dogs for Prostate Cancer Research, Alberta Cancer Foundation, Alberta Innovates-ASBIRI program and the University of Alberta. The US and Canadian study samples will continue to be processed in partnership with DynaLIFE Medical Labs in Edmonton, Alberta.

“We’re very happy to partner with Century Clinical Research to recruit US men to our study,” John Lewis, CEO of Nanostics said, “the Florida recruitment site will help us increase the regional diversity of our cohort and strengthen the results of our ClarityDX Prostate study, ultimately, allowing us to make the test available to men across North America.”

“Our extensive clinical trial research experience and diverse patient population in Daytona Beach makes us a perfect partner…” said Thomas Gaskin, Vice-President & CFO of Century Clinical Research, Inc., “we look forward to working with Nanostics to develop their ClarityDX Prostate test to help improve prostate cancer outcomes.”

Implementing ClarityDX Prostate may eliminate up to 600,000 unnecessary biopsies, 24,000 hospitalizations and up to 50% of unnecessary treatments for prostate cancer in North America. This equates to a projected $1.4B per year in cost savings to healthcare and a dramatic impact on the healthcare experience and quality of life for men.

About Century Clinical Research, Inc.
Century Clinical Research, Inc. has over ten years of clinical research experience in multiple specialties, including hematology and oncology. Our staff has completed numerous industry-sponsored clinical trials in phases II-IV and has an excellent track record in quality completion of critical trials. Century Clinical Research, Inc. offers a full research infrastructure and our research staff has been trained in electronic data capture with multiple sponsors. We use a computerized clinical research program for tracking study participation and regulatory documents.
Website: https://www.centuryclinical.com/century_clinical_research.html

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