Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center Spins Out Transformative New Company – OmniSeq, LLC
BUFFALO, N.Y. — OmniSeq, LLC today announced that it has officially begun its spin-out from Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and will immediately begin commercializing its suite of innovative products that support a physician-driven, collaborative approach to genomic diagnostics — matching cancer patients to therapies tailored specifically to them. Collectively known as OmniSeqSM Precision Medical Technology, OmniSeq provides oncology groups, hospitals, and healthcare systems with the first-ever fusion of clinical genomics and a comprehensive information technology solution that provides easy access to actionable insights about their patient’s condition and available treatment options. Like Roswell Park, OmniSeq is based in Buffalo, NY.
“OmniSeq is the commercial manifestation of the clinical mission of the Center for Personalized Medicine at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center — to deliver the best possible patient care by empowering physicians with solutions that accurately and quickly inform them of the latest treatment and care options based on their patients’ unique tumor profiles,” said Carl Morrison, MD, DVM, President, Chief Scientific Officer and Founder of OmniSeq, LLC and Executive Director of the Center for Personalized Medicine at Roswell Park. “While OmniSeq is a new company in the clinical genomic testing space, it has been founded on Roswell Park’s rich legacy of clinical oncology knowledge and practical physician experience, and then combined with state-of-the-art technology with the goal of achieving better patient outcomes. With the power of its comprehensive IT solution for physicians, OmniSeq is at the forefront of this new approach to precision medical care.”
The OmniSeq Precision Medical Technology platform provides physicians with the tools required to obtain comprehensive information about their patient’s cancer through a proprietary, clinically actionable, genomic sequencing algorithm and a system that continuously ingests and analyzes peer generated clinical experiences and therapeutic outcomes for patients — allowing oncologists to break through the noise and immediately focus on the solution.
The OmniSeq Precision Medical Technology platform consists of three components to form the perfect nexus of precision, connectivity, and collaboration. It includes:
- OmniSeq TargetSM — a differentiated cancer diagnostic that leverages dual next-generation sequencing (dual NGS) and a proprietary algorithm that resolves inconsistencies in solid tumor identification, yielding unassailable results with essentially no false positives. OmniSeq Target sets a new standard for actionable results and rapid turnaround, typically 6-10 days.
OmniSeq’s initial rollout of this product is focused on non-small-cell lung cancer. The OmniSeq Target for Lung Cancer test analyzes the 15 clinically actionable genes that have direct drug association — eight of which are included in National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines, with the other seven now being studied in clinical trials. This approach provides up to 60 actionable genomic variants for lung cancer with over 120 predictive drug associations.
OmniSeq plans to release other products for solid-tumor and hematological cancers in the near future:
- OmniSeq ConnectSM — a paperless, web-based, end-to-end IT solution that removes the hurdles that have traditionally stood between physicians and actionable genomic information. OmniSeq Connect gives physicians complete control with rapid results that are directly connected into a patient's electronic medical records (EMR). OmniSeq Connect includes auto-populated order entry, payment verification, specimen collection services, customized reports, and email updates at each step of the process. OmniSeq Connect simplifies access to valuable information, allowing physicians to keep their focus on patients instead of process.
- OmniSeq Genomic NetworkSM — an interconnected, resource-sharing, physician-led collaboration that provides physicians and their teams with cutting-edge, actionable cancer information and the practical expertise to put it into use. Armed with the power of the OmniSeq Genomic Network, a physician can build precise medical approaches on a case-by-case basis inside their own institution, while accessing data and information generated through a continuously growing network of like-minded physicians and thought leaders across hospitals and healthcare systems.
“While OmniSeq’s mission is to power a comprehensive approach to personalized cancer treatment for patients who are in the care of our member institutions, we also understand and highly value the desire for each institution to maintain their own identity and branding. The OmniSeq platform offers the best of both worlds in this regard,” said Mary K. Nesline, Senior Vice President of Knowledge Informatics at OmniSeq. “With institutions in the OmniSeq Genomic Network having access to their patients’ data, there are enhanced opportunities for collaboration and achieving new standards for the future of genomic medicine. The potential of a physician network such as this is virtually endless.”
Recent studies have suggested that the economics of using molecular testing to support an effective precision medicine strategy for late-stage cancer patients can result in more cost-effective treatment and better patient outcomes. OmniSeq is committed to finding reimbursement solutions that are based on the actionable results they produce. This approach has already proved successful in parts of New York, and the company is committed to reproducing comparable coverage across other payer markets.
OmniSeq grew out of the Roswell Park Center for Personalized Medicine, which received significant support from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Western New York Regional Economic Development Council in 2012 to spur innovation and development. The research that led to this innovative form of treatment was also supported beginning in its earliest stages by funds donated to the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation.
If you are interested in learning more about the OmniSeq Precision Medical Technology platform and joining the genomic network, please visit http://www.omniseq.com or call 1-800-781-1259, for more information.
About OmniSeq, LLC
OmniSeq, LLC was established in June 2015 as a for-profit company created from the Center for Personalized Medicine at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. OmniSeq offers a suite of innovative products that support a physician-driven, collaborative approach to genomic diagnostics for cancer. The OmniSeqSM Precision Medical Technology platform provides institutions with the first-ever fusion of clinical genomics and a comprehensive information technology solution that delivers easy access to actionable insights about a patient’s tumor genetics and available treatment options. Headquartered in Buffalo, OmniSeq offers services in the U.S. For more information or to join the genomic network, call 1-800-781-1259 or visit www.omniseq.com.
About Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
The mission of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center is to understand, prevent and cure cancer. Founded in 1898, Roswell Park is one of the first cancer centers in the country to be named a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and remains the only facility with this designation in Upstate New York. The Institute is a member of the prestigious National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s leading cancer centers, and is a partner in national and international collaborative programs. For more information, visit www.roswellpark.org, call 1-800-ROSWELL (1-800-767-9355) or email AskRoswell@Roswellpark.org. Follow Roswell Park on Facebook and Twitter.
Annie Deck-Miller, Senior Media Relations Manager