Research Triangle Park, NC, USA and Cambridge, UK, and Dubai, UAE , July 16, 2019 -- Inivata, a leader in liquid biopsy, has signed a distribution agreement with IPS Genomix, part of the IPS Group,  to provide cancer patients and partners in the Middle East and Africa with access to its InVisionFirst®-Lung and InVisionSeq™ liquid biopsy tests.

The agreement will cover the UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, and the KSA. IPS Genomix will facilitate patient access to Inivata’s tests through both insurers and the private pay market. IPS Genomix is part of Integrated Pharma Solutions (IPS), which offers diverse and integrated pharmaceutical, diagnostic and precision medicine solutions for patients covering the Middle East and Africa.

Inivata’s InVision technology unlocks essential genomic information from a simple blood draw to transform the care of cancer patients. The InVisionFirst-Lung liquid biopsy test provides molecular insights that enable clinicians to make more informed treatment decisions for patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), while the InVisionSeq liquid biopsy test is applicable to a range of cancer types. Advanced liquid biopsy technologies like the InVision platform are becoming increasingly important for helping to refine and improve the treatment of cancer, particularly in cases where tissue testing is not achievable.  Blood samples can be drawn from a patient before, during, and/or after cancer treatment, or at regular intervals. Liquid biopsy has the potential for continual monitoring, which is a major advantage in cancer care.

InVisionFirst-Lung has received a final Local Coverage Determination from Palmetto GBA, supporting its use in aiding the management of US Medicare patients with advanced NSCLC that meet certain eligibility criteria.

Clive Morris, Chief Executive Officer at Inivata, said: “We are delighted that IPS has selected Inivata and our highly-sensitive liquid biopsy tests for their customers and partners in the Middle East and North Africa.  The agreement further highlights Inivata’s growing momentum and expands our geographical reach outside our core market of the US. We look forward to working with IPS Genomix as we continue to deliver the commercial rollout of our genomic tests.”

Ahmed Yacout, Chairman and CEO of IPS Group, said “At IPS Genomix, our singular focus is to provide patients with the most innovative and effective tools for fighting cancer through the world-class medical products and services which we bring to healthcare professionals in the Middle East and Africa.  As our solutions continue to evolve, we firmly believe that delivering InVisionFirst-Lung and InVisionSeq liquid biopsy tests in this region supported by the skilled leadership and the deep personalized medicine expertise of our teams, will extend the reach of physicians to advanced genomic tests, while assisting them in making the right treatment decisions for patients during difficult moments in their life.”