Breath Diagnostics, Mayo Clinic Laboratories Announce Collaboration to Develop New Diagnostic Test That Detects Lung Cancer Using Patients’ Exhaled Breath

Breath Diagnostics, Inc. and Mayo Clinic Laboratories have announced a collaboration to develop clinical diagnostic tests that use patient breath samples to identify individual biomarkers that can predict a spectrum of diseases. The two organizations will initially focus on a test that can detect lung cancer.

Biomarkers are measurable substances that help in predicting the severity of a disease or infection. Examples of a biomarker include an individual’s pulse or blood pressure, or it could be more complex, like certain chemicals that can be detected in blood, tissues, or exhaled breath.

The two organizations will develop a breath-analysis test using Breath Diagnostics’ patented OneBreath micro-reactor technology. “This technology will capture specific cancer biomarkers from a single breath,” says Brian Ennis, President and CEO of Breath Diagnostics. Ennis added, “The test will not expose patients to radiation, and it will provide results in less than 24 hours.”

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Ennis says, “Lung cancer is a voracious killer, which can have a devastating impact on patients, their families, and the economy.”

The proposed OneBreath test for lung-cancer detection addresses an important clinical void by providing a noninvasive, reliable, fast, and low-cost alternative. The test will be used to characterize indeterminate pulmonary nodules and monitor for potential cancer recurrence after surgery.

“Some current lung cancer diagnostic tools can be costly,” adds Ennis. “A CT scan can only identify the presence of suspicious pulmonary nodules, and many patients require repeated follow-up CT and PET scans or other invasive follow-up procedures like needle biopsies. Our technology is noninvasive and will be a lower-cost alternative.”

Mayo Clinic Laboratories to Validate Testing
Mayo Clinic Laboratories is the global reference laboratory of Mayo Clinic. The organization provides advanced laboratory testing and pathology services to support 4,000 health care organizations around the world.

As part of this collaboration, Mayo Clinic Laboratories will provide mass spectrometry services for the development of the OneBreath test. “With this collaboration, our first endeavor is to validate an assay that will be able to diagnose lung cancer from the breath of an individual,” says Paul Jannetto, Ph.D., Co-director of the Clinical Mass Spectrometry Laboratory in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Mayo Clinic.

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Suzanne Ferguson is a Marketing Channel Manager at Mayo Clinic Laboratories and has worked at Mayo Clinic since 2014. Outside of work, Suzanne can be found traveling, reading and spending time with her family.