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2016-12-15

Biocartis Group NV: CE-marking Idylla(TM) NRAS-BRAF Mutation Test completes offering of metastatic colorectal cancer tests for clinical use on Idylla(TM) platfo

PRESS RELEASE: 15 December 2016, 07:00 CET

CE-marking Idylla(TM) NRAS-BRAF Mutation Test completes offering
of metastatic colorectal cancer tests for clinical use on Idylla(TM) platform

Mechelen, Belgium, 15 December 2016
- Biocartis Group NV ('Biocartis'), an innovative molecular diagnostics
company (Euronext Brussels: BCART), today announces the CE-marking of its
solid biopsy Idylla(TM) NRAS-BRAF Mutation Test. Together with the CE-marked
Idylla(TM) KRAS Mutation Test, Biocartis is now able to offer its customers a
complete testing for metastatic colorectal cancers[1](mCRC) for clinical use
on its Idylla(TM) molecular diagnostics platform, as recommended by the most
recent clinical guidelines. The ability of Biocartis' RAS test offering to
enable same-day results can now open routes towards faster treatment
selection for mCRC patients.

Colorectal cancer is the second most common cancer worldwide, with an
estimated incidence of more than 1.36 million new cases annually[2].
Operating directly from so-called formalin-fixed paraffin embedded (FFPE)
tumour slices, the fully automated Idylla(TM) NRAS-BRAF Mutation Test
uniquely combines, in a single-tissue biopsy test, the detection of 18 NRAS
and 5 BRAF mutations at high sensitivity. This follows the latest clinical
practice recommendations of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
(ASCO)[3]and the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO)[4]which, next
to KRAS and NRAS testing, now also recommend testing on BRAF mutations as
most frequently occurring mutations in colorectal cancer.

Together with its existing Idylla(TM) KRAS Mutation Test that detects 21
mutations, the Biocartis colorectal cancer test offering now allows
simultaneous detection of 44 so-called clinically actionable targets for
colorectal cancer. The obtained CE-marking of the Idylla(TM) NRAS-BRAF
Mutation Test is an important driver in the further market adoption of
Idylla(TM).

Rudi Pauwels, Chief Executive Officer of Biocartis
,commented
: "Many of our European customers as well as our distribution partners have
been
awaiting the CE-mark of our Idylla(TM) NRAS-BRAF Mutation Test. Together
with our existing CE-marked Idylla(TM) KRAS Mutation Test for colorectal
cancer, which was recently rewarded in a study
[5]by the global pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca as being the fastest, most
easy to use and one of the most accurate high precision tests compared to
peers, Biocartis now has a full CE-marked colorectal cancer mutations test
panel. This panel allows for complete same-day testing and treatment
selection for mCRC patients.
As such, we expect this CE-marking to add substantial traction to our
commercial cartridge consumption."

The Idylla(TM) NRAS-BRAF Mutation Test is the fourth CE-marked IVD test for
Biocartis in its offering of easy-to-use, rapid and highly accurate
diagnostic tests for the Idylla(TM) molecular diagnostics platform.

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More information:

Renate Degrave
Manager Corporate Communications&Investor Relations
e-mail rdegrave@biocartis.com

tel +32 15 631 729
mobile +32 471 53 60 64

About Biocartis
Biocartis (Euronext Brussels: BCART) is an innovative molecular diagnostics
(MDx) company providing next generation diagnostic solutions aimed at
improving clinical practice for the benefit of patients, clinicians, payers
and industry. Biocartis' proprietary MDx Idylla(TM) platform is a fully
automated sample-to-result, real-time PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) system
that offers accurate, highly reliable molecular information from virtually
any biological sample in virtually any setting. Biocartis launched the
Idylla(TM) platform in September 2014. Biocartis is developing and marketing
a rapidly expanding test menu addressing key unmet clinical needs in oncology
and infectious diseases. These areas represent respectively the fastest
growing and largest segments of the MDx market worldwide. Today, Biocartis
offers six oncology tests and two infectious disease tests. More information:
www.biocartis.com.Press Photo Library availablehere. Follow us onTwitter:
@Biocartis_.

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[1]Jean-Yves Douillard, M.D., Ph.D., Kelly S. Oliner, Ph.D., Salvatore Siena,
M.D., et al. Panitumumab-FOLFOX4 Treatment and RAS Mutations in Colorectal
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Parkin DM, Forman D, Bray, F. GLOBOCAN 2012 v1.0, Cancer Incidence and
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at:http://globocan.iarc.fr. Last accessed November 2016.
[3]Allegra et al, Extended RAS Gene Mutation Testing in Metastatic Colorectal
Carcinoma to Predict Response to Anti-Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor

Monoclonal Antibody Therapy: American Society of Clinical Oncology Provisional
Clinical Opinion Update 2015, J Clin Oncol 2016, 34:179-185,
http://ascopubs.org/doi/pdf/10.1200/jco.2015.63.9674. See also
http://gicasym.org/asco-updates-guideline-include-testing-new-ras-mutations.
[4]Van Cutsem et al, ESMO consensus guidelines for the management of patients
with metastatic colorectal cancer, Annals of Oncology 2016, 8:1386-1422.
[5]James L. Sherwoord et.al, 2016, Implications of Key Differences Across 12
KRAS Mutation Detection Technologies and Their Relevance in Clinical
Practice, first presented at ESMO, 10 October 2016, available for download
athttps://media.biocartis.com/biocartis/documents/Sherwood_KRAS_2016_ESMO_....

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