Blue Earth Diagnostics, a leading molecular imaging diagnostics company, yesterday announced that the first commercial production of Axumin® (fluciclovine (18F)) in France occurred recently, with the first French patients being dosed.  Axumin is a novel molecular imaging agent approved in the European Union for use in PET imaging to detect and localize prostate cancer in men experiencing suspected recurrence based on elevated blood prostate specific antigen (PSA) levels after primary curative treatment.

Prostate cancer is a leading cause of cancer death in men. While most primary prostate cancer can be successfully treated, recurrence occurs in up to one-third of patients. Recurrent disease is typically detected by a rise in PSA levels but often the location and extent of the disease cannot be detected by conventional imaging.  Of those who suffer biochemical recurrence, approximately one-third develop metastatic prostate cancer. Axumin was developed to target the increased amino acid transport that occurs in many cancers, including prostate cancer. It is labelled with the radioisotope (18F), enabling it to be visualized in the body with PET imaging.

Dr. Jonathan Allis, Chief Executive Officer of Blue Earth Diagnostics said, “Detection and localization of recurrent prostate cancer is a significant unmet medical need. Today’s announcement signifies Blue Earth Diagnostics’ commitment in maximizing access to Axumin for clinicians and their patients across Europe and a key milestone towards our goal.”

 

Contacts:

Blue Earth Diagnostics (Europe)

Georgina Mowatt

Communications Manager

Tel: +44 (0) 7810 355 912

g.mowatt@blueearthdx.com

 

Media inquiries:

Sam Brown Inc. (for Blue Earth Diagnostics)

Mike Beyer

Tel: +1 312-961-2502

mikebeyer@sambrown.com

For more information please go to http://www.blueearthdiagnostics.com/