Bayer and Tempus, leaders in precision medicine and artificial intelligence (AI), announced a new collaboration designed to provide broader access to genomic testing and tailored treatment approaches for the oncology community. The collaboration will include an initiative to help facilitate patient identification for precision oncology by providing testing, via the Tempus xT broad-panel genomic sequencing assay, for a subset of patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC), as well as those with radioactive iodine refractory differentiated metastatic thyroid carcinoma (RAIR thyroid cancers). Looking ahead, Bayer and Tempus will continue to implement data-enriched initiatives dedicated to supporting patients.
Bayer’s commitment to precision oncology is currently supported by its approach to research that prioritizes targets and pathways that impact the way cancer is treated. The Tempus xT broad-panel genomic sequencing assay is designed to detect actionable driver alterations, including BRAF, KRAS, RET, and NTRK gene fusions.1 NTRK gene fusions are genomic alterations that drive tumor growth regardless of where they originate in the body.2-4 These genomic alterations typically occur following DNA damage, which results in structural changes to the DNA either through biological changes or from environmental factors (e.g. ultraviolet light damage).2-4 During the DNA damage repair mechanism, the NTRK gene can fuse with an unrelated gene resulting in an altered TRK fusion protein, which causes a constant signaling cascade, driving tumor growth and its metastasis (progression).2-4 Studies suggest NTRK gene fusions are present in approximately 3% of patients with mCRC with prior high microsatellite instability (MSI-H) status and 2.4%-12% of patients with RAIR thyroid cancers.5-7
Testing early and utilizing comprehensive genomic profiling is critical, as it helps physicians understand the underlying driver of DNA alterations for tumor progression (growth).8,9 When actionable alterations are detected, they aid physicians in the treatment decisions appropriate for their patients.10 The Tempus xT broad-panel genomic sequencing assay detects these alterations by sequencing tumor samples with matched normal saliva or blood samples, when available, covering 648 genes.1 The test is used by many oncologists across a diverse set of clinical settings, including leading academic centers, NCI designated cancer centers, hospital networks and community hospitals.
“Bayer’s strong focus in precision medicine combined with Tempus’ unique testing offering has culminated in this collaboration to bring genomic testing to cancer patients,” said Bhavesh Ashar, Senior Vice President, Head of U.S. Oncology at Bayer. “We are excited for the potential of this initiative to identify patients who may benefit from tailored treatment options.”
“This strategic collaboration aims to provide eligible colorectal and thyroid cancer patients with broad based access to our genomic test to help their physicians make treatment decisions,” said Ryan Fukushima, Chief Operating Officer of Tempus.
About Oncology at Bayer
Bayer is committed to delivering science for a better life by advancing a portfolio of innovative treatments. The oncology franchise at Bayer now expands to six marketed products and several other assets in various stages of clinical development. Together, these products reflect the company’s approach to research, which prioritizes targets and pathways with the potential to impact the way that cancer is treated.
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the life science fields of health care and nutrition. Its products and services are designed to benefit people by supporting efforts to overcome the major challenges presented by a growing and aging global population. At the same time, the Group aims to increase its earning power and create value through innovation and growth. Bayer is committed to the principles of sustainable development, and the Bayer brand stands for trust, reliability and quality throughout the world. In fiscal 2019, the Group employed around 104,000 people and had sales of 43.5 billion euros. Capital expenditures amounted to 2.9 billion euros, R&D expenses to 5.3 billion euros. For more information, go to www.bayer.us.
Tempus is a technology company advancing precision medicine through the practical application of artificial intelligence in healthcare. With one of the world’s largest libraries of clinical and molecular data, and an operating system to make that data accessible and useful, Tempus enables physicians to make real-time, data-driven decisions to deliver personalized patient care and in parallel facilitates discovery, development and delivery of optimal therapeutics. The goal is for each patient to benefit from the treatment of others who came before by providing physicians with tools that learn as the company gathers more data. For more information, visit tempus.com.