Rhythm Biosciences Ltd (ASX:RHY) has signed The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne as its third clinical trial site for ColoSTAT®, the lifesaving blood test for the early detection of colorectal cancer.
Associate Professor and Head of Endoscopy at the hospital, Gregor Brown, has been appointed as the site’s principal investigator for the trial.
Brown is well recognised for his research into improving colonoscopy techniques including polyp removal during colonoscopy and balloon enteroscopy as well for the development of new treatments for coeliac and inflammatory bowel diseases.
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“Deep expertise in colonoscopic research”
Rhythm chief executive officer Glenn Gilbert said: “The Alfred Hospital has a long history of supporting clinical trials and a deep expertise in colonoscopic research.
“Working with The Alfred adds to the credibility of this clinical trial and we look forward to this collaboration and ultimately the results.”
Recruitment for the trial is expected to reach around 1,000 patients and will be completed at the end of 2019.
The trial will form a key component for both CE Mark & TGA registration as well as approval to market ColoSTAT in Australia and Europe in 2020.
The company continues to work with global parties on the most effective assay development, optimisation and clinical utility of the reagents that will form the core components to the final ColoSTAT test.
Rhythm Bioscience also expects to welcome further hospitals to the ColoSTAT trial in the coming months.