LUND (SWEDEN) – Immunovia has today published its full year report 2021. It is available on Immunovia’s website. (https://investor.immunovia.com/financial-reports/)
First product launched in US, well positioned for market penetration
Immunovia’s IMMray™ PanCan-d, is the first ever blood test dedicated to early detection of pancreatic cancer with best-in-class performance, as compared to standard of care testing methods. This positions the company at the absolute forefront of new pancreatic cancer surveillance testing.
The commercial launch of IMMray™ PanCan-d in the US in August 2021 was a major milestone in Immunovia’s mission to change the testing paradigm and increase the survival rates for pancreatic cancer patients. In targeting pancreatic cancer, which is expected to become the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths by 2040 in the US, Immunovia is the front-runner in addressing a huge and increasing unmet medical need. With a global 5-year survival rate today of only 5–9 percent, pancreatic cancer is today the third deadliest form of cancer, taking more lives than e.g, breast cancer, prostate cancer, and leukemia. Early detection as provided by Immunovia has the potential to increase the five years survival rate up to 50 percent.
I feel honored to lead Immunovia as CEO in this pivotal phase of the company’s development as it transitions from a research company to an early-commercial company establishing itself as a leader in the field of early detection of pancreatic cancer.
In my initial weeks with Immunovia, I have witnessed the passion and professional excellence of our employees in Europe and the US. The team has industry-leading competences, is hugely dedicated and energized by its commitment to the mission of improving the survival rates of pancreatic cancer.
In constructive conversations with both the Board and employees I had the opportunity to make an initial assessment of the company’s situation and the road which lies ahead. Immunovia’s road ahead requires focus and strategic direction, however, I feel very confident that we will succeed.
We are in the middle of refining the strategic roadmap for the company over the next 12-18 months. I nevertheless would like to take the opportunity to already now provide an update on some of the company’s most important projects:
Following the commercial launch in the US, the near-term focus of Immunovia will be the US market, but we also see a strong potential in other markets and we continue to review market access and prioritize according to its potential.
Looking forward into 2022, the initial launch of IMMray™ PanCan-d has been very positively received by early adopters amongst both doctors and patients in the US, who see it as a highly needed addition to the diagnostic tool set for pancreatic cancer as exemplified by the following physician quotes:
Dr. Rajesh Keswani, Gastroenterologist, Northwestern University, remarks “Patients seem to be very pleased with the testing, and all my patients undergoing testing have been appreciative of the opportunity to get this testing and certainly those with normal testing have expressed relief with this further reassurance. As of now, I think the IMMray™ PanCan-d test is another step towards reducing mortality from pancreatic cancer.
Geoffrey M. Burns MD, Family Physician at the Renaissance Family Medicine of Wellesley, remarks: “Given the high specificity of the IMMray™ PanCan-d test, I feel I can offer reassurance and peace of mind to my patients who are concerned about their family history of pancreatic cancer. I appreciate the streamlined process for ordering the test and the ease of receiving the results.”
Steven Rubin M.D., Family Physician from Paramus, New Jersey, says: “The test developed by Immunovia, IMMray™ PanCan-d, is an important diagnostic tool to assist in early detection in high-risk patients for Pancreatic carcinoma, along with MRCP/MRI and endoscopic ultrasound with biopsy.” He continues, “I personally had the IMMray™ PanCan-d done and probably will have this done alternating with the other above mentioned diagnostic modalities for surveillance of my medical condition. Anything that can be done to find early stage 1 or 2 disease with the potential for cure of pancreatic carcinoma which has a high mortality, is warranted and imperative.”
We expect the volumes of tests to significantly increase once insurance coverage is available, with the ambition to have initial coverage in place towards the end of 2022. Until then we see self-pay tests to continue at moderate volumes, which are no indication for the full potential of IMMray™ PanCan-d, as seen with comparable diagnostics tests pre reimbursement in the US.
In short, Immunovia is well positioned as the frontrunner in the early detection of pancreatic cancer, and I very much look forward to working with Immunovia’s employees and its Board as well as our community including Key Opinion Leaders to make IMMray™ PanCan-d available to as many patients as possible. The company’s mission of increasing the survival rates for this lethal cancer are a hugely motivating and driving force for all of us.
I also want to thank our shareholders for their trust as well as continued support.
February 17, 2022
Philipp Mathieu, Acting CEO and President,
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Immunovia AB is a diagnostic company with the vision to revolutionize blood-based diagnostics and increase survival rates for patients with cancer.
Our first product, IMMray™ PanCan-d is the only blood test currently available specifically for the early detection of pancreatic cancer. The test has unmatched clinical performance. Commercialization of IMMray™ PanCan-d started in August 2021 in the USA and IMMray™ PanCan-d is offered as a laboratory developed test (LDT) exclusively through Immunovia, Inc. For more information see: www.immunoviainc.com.
Immunovia collaborates and engages with healthcare providers, leading experts and patient advocacy groups globally to make this test available to all high-risk pancreatic cancer groups.
The USA, the first market in which IMMray™ PanCan-d is commercially available, is the world’s largest market for the detection of pancreatic cancer with an estimated value of more than USD 4 billion annually.
Immunovia’s shares (IMMNOV) are listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. For more information, please visit www.immunovia.com.
Immunovia Annual Report 2021 (PDF)