BOULDER — Biodesix Inc. a developer and manufacturer of blood-test kits for cancer diagnostics, has inked a deal in which Positive Bioscience in Mumbai, India, will make Biodesix’s liquid biopsy tests available to patients in India.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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All testing will be performed at Biodesix’s certified laboratory in Boulder.
This is the third international agreement that Biodesix has announced this year; the company entered into a collaboration with Beijing-based Bioyong Industries in January and a distribution agreement with Progenetics of Israel in March.
Positive Bioscience will use Biodesix’s GeneStrat and VeriStrat liquid biopsy tests for non-small cell lung cancer.
Samarth Jain, chief executive of Positive Bioscience, said that every year, thousands of Indian patients will benefit.
“Through its industry-leading turnaround time, Biodesix’s tests will also accelerate time to treatment,” Jain said in a prepared statement.
The VeriStrat test is used to assess disease aggressiveness by characterizing host response to the tumor, classifying patients as either VeriStrat-Good or VeriStrat-Poor. The GeneStrat test is a blood-based genomic test for patients with lung cancer that can inform the use of targeted therapies.
David Brunel, Biodesix’s chief executive, said the tests enable rapid and high-quality test results within four days, much faster than the 10-to 14-day turnaround time for tissue-based testing.