July 17th, 2017
Leading pancreatic cancer expert on early symptoms Professor Stephen Pereira at University College London joins Immunovia’s Scientific Advisory Board
LUND, Sweden ― Immunovia announced today that Professor Stephen Pereira, one of the globally leading experts in the diagnosis of early symptoms of pancreatic cancer and a multidisciplinary diagnostic center champion has been appointed to the company’s Scientific Advisory Board. Currently, Pereira is Professor of Hepatology & Gastroenterology at UCL, University College London, and an honorary consultant in pancreaticobiliary medicine at UCL Hospitals and The Royal Free Hospital.
Professor Pereira has been involved during the last two years in the set-up of multidisciplinary diagnostic centres (MDCs) in London, with the first one being at UCLH. “Patients may be symptomatic for at least 12 months before a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer is made and a recent primary care study by our group at UCL showed that PDAC patients visited their GP an average of 18 times prior to diagnosis with alarm symptoms such as abdominal pain (39%), jaundice (36%), change in bowel habit (30%), or dyspepsia (21%). These diagnostic centres are specifically aimed for specialist triage and to enhance straight to test pathways with primary care, combining risk assessment and symptom tools with biomarkers to hopefully improve early cancer diagnosis for patients. Immunovia’s IMMray™ PanCan-d test fits this profile perfectly and I am looking forward to advising on both its application in pancreatic cancer testing and other potential areas for the IMMray™ platform,” commented Professor Pereira.
“Professor Pereira is not only a gastroenterology and pancreatic cancer specialist, but also brings fresh and innovative insights into diagnosis through his work at UCL and his deep insights particularly in the field of patients with early, often vague, symptoms, which is invaluable for Immunovia. We are therefore delighted that he has agreed to join our Scientific Advisor Board,” said Mats Grahn, CEO, Immunovia.
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Immunovia AB was founded in 2007 by investigators from the Department of Immunotechnology at Lund University and CREATE Health, the Center for Translational Cancer Research in Lund, Sweden. Immunovia’s strategy is to decipher the wealth of information in blood and translate it into clinically useful tools to diagnose complex diseases such as cancer, earlier and more accurately than previously possible. Immunovia´s core technology platform, IMMray™, is based on antibody biomarker microarray analysis. The company is now performing clinical validation studies for the commercialization of IMMray™ PanCan-d that could be the first blood based test for early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. In the beginning of 2016, the company started a program focused on autoimmune diseases diagnosis, prognosis and therapy monitoring. The first test from this program, IMMray™ SLE-d, is a biomarker signature derived for differential diagnosis of lupus, now undergoing evaluation and validation. (Source: www.immunovia.com)
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