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Plus Therapeutics and Biocept Announce Comprehensive Laboratory Services Agreement for the ReSPECT-LM Trial

Biocept’s CNSide™ assay provides a highly sensitive method to assess and quantify tumor cell burden in leptomeningeal metastasis (LM) of the central nervous system

Assay results will be used to evaluate response to treatment and treatment efficacy for patients enrolling in Plus Therapeutics’ ReSPECT-LM clinical trial

Excerpt from the Press Release:

AUSTIN, Texas and SAN DIEGO, June 22, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Plus Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: PSTV), a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company developing innovative, targeted radiotherapeutics for rare and difficult-to-treat cancers, and Biocept, Inc. (Nasdaq: BIOC), a leading provider of molecular diagnostic assays, products and services, announce a multi-year agreement to employ Biocept’s cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) assay CNSide1 in Plus Therapeutics’ ReSPECT-LM Phase 1/2a dose-escalation clinical trial of Rhenium-186 NanoLiposome (186RNL) for the treatment of patients with leptomeningeal metastases (LM), which is cancer in the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord.

CNSide is an assay based on Biocept’s proprietary quantitative tumor cell capture method paired with advanced digital imaging and molecular markers used to detect, characterize and quantify tumor cells in CSF of patients with a variety of solid organ carcinomas and suspected LM, particularly breast and lung cancer which are leading causes of LM. CNSide provides a robust quantitative method to evaluate tumor status and response to treatment compared to conventional CSF cytology or radiologic monitoring.

“LM and the therapeutic response to 186RNL can theoretically be assessed through periodic sampling of tumor cells in the CSF,” said Norman LaFrance, M.D., Chief Medical Officer and SVP of Plus Therapeutics. “Every LM patient in the ReSPECT-LM trial will have permanent access to the CSF via an intraventricular catheter placed in the cerebral ventricles before treatment, permitting medical staff to draw CSF as easily as blood. The CNSide technology is the most sophisticated and powerful technology available for monitoring tumor status and therapeutic response and can be seamlessly implemented into the ReSPECT-LM trial for the potential benefit of patients with LM.”

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