OmniSeq and LabCorp Launch OmniSeq Advance℠ Assay

New test combines both targeted therapy and immune-oncology biomarkers in a single test with 99% actionability, providing benefits for the treatment of patients and the development of new therapies

CHICAGO, June 01, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ASCO – OmniSeq®, a CAP-accredited, molecular diagnostics subsidiary of the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, and LabCorp® (NYSE:LH), a leading global life sciences company, announced today the commercial launch of OmniSeq Advance℠, an assay that combines targeted therapy and immune-oncology biomarkers into a single clinical test.  This novel offering is the first New York State CLEP-approved assay to combine next generation sequencing (NGS)-based comprehensive genomic profiling, tumor mutational burden (TMB) and microsatellite status (MSI), PD-L1 and CD8 proteins by immunohistochemistry, and RNA-sequencing gene expression profiling of the tumor microenvironment, all from fixed-formalin paraffin embedded patient samples. The test is expected to provide benefits for the treatment of patients with solid tumor cancers and the development of new precision therapies.

Utilizing data from patients tested with both OmniSeq Comprehensive® and OmniSeq Immune Report Card®, the company projects that the OmniSeq Advance test will report clinically actionable results for 99% of tested patients.  For patients diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), physicians can test a wide variety of cancer-related biomarkers, including KRAS, EGFR, ALK, PD-L1, and TMB and MSI status, as well as for rarer somatic alterations in BRAF, RET, ROS, MET and NTRK. OmniSeq expects that over 80% of NSCLC samples will produce Level 1 or 2 evidence, as defined by the FDA’s “CDRH’s Approach to Tumor Profiling Next Generation Sequencing Tests” Fact Sheet.

The launch of OmniSeq Advance follows closely after the April 2018 launch of OmniSeq MSI NGS, a tumor-only assay that assesses MSI status. MSI High status is an indication for the use of specific checkpoint inhibitor drugs for the treatment of patients with solid tumors that have progressed following prior treatment and who have no satisfactory alternative treatment options. The test is also indicated for patients with colorectal cancer that has progressed following treatment with certain chemotherapy drugs, for whom immunotherapy may result in extended life or tumor remission.

“The OmniSeq Advance assay redefines the standard for clinical actionability and utility for solid tumor treatment decision support diagnostics,” said Dr. Carl Morrison, President, Founder and Chief Medical Officer of OmniSeq.  “By combining all major biomarkers into a single test, and by summarizing these findings and explaining their biological significance, we aim to provide the best guidance for therapy selection or clinical trial enrichment.”

“OmniSeq Advance reflects our commitment to remain at the forefront of validating novel immune and targeted therapy biomarkers for use in both academic and community oncology practices.  Our partnership with LabCorp offers patients throughout the U.S. access to the very best treatment decision support testing,” said Mark Gardner, Chief Executive Officer of OmniSeq.

“We are very pleased to be the exclusive laboratory to offer OmniSeq Advance to U.S.-based physicians for patient care, and globally to biopharmaceutical companies for use in clinical trials,” said Marcia Eisenberg Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer of LabCorp Diagnostics, who also serves on OmniSeq’s board of directors. “This new assay demonstrates OmniSeq’s continued expertise in the development of novel immune-oncology diagnostics. Combined with LabCorp’s leadership and unique expertise in the development and commercialization of companion diagnostics, we will bring advances in precision medicine to many more physicians and biopharmaceutical partners.” 

In August, 2017, OmniSeq and LabCorp announced a distribution agreement for the OmniSeq Comprehensive and Immune Report Card clinical assays.  That exclusive agreement now includes OmniSeq Advance, as well as the OmniSeq MSI NGS test. Pursuant to the agreement, OmniSeq’s suite of advanced tests will be exclusively offered by LabCorp to U.S.-based physicians through Integrated Oncology, a member of the LabCorp Specialty Testing Group, and globally to biopharmaceutical customers through Covance Drug Development.

To learn more about OmniSeq AdvanceSM, OmniSeq Comprehensive®, or Immune Report Card®, call 1-800-781-1259 or visit

About OmniSeq
OmniSeq, an innovation of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, is a molecular diagnostic laboratory based in Buffalo, New York. OmniSeq endeavors to find the right drug or the right trial for every patient by improving access to better cancer treatment options through molecular profiling.  OmniSeq offers three NGS-based assays: OmniSeq MSI NGSSM, Immune Report Card® and OmniSeq Comprehensive®.  For more information, call +1-800-781-1259 or visit

Note regarding forward looking statements for OmniSeq. This press release contains forward looking statements, including but not limited to, the performance capabilities of the OmniSeq Advance test.  The statements contained herein may include prospects, statements of future expectations and other forward-looking statements that are based on management's current views and assumptions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties. Actual results, performance or events may differ materially from those expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements.

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