Singapore firm launches more accurate gastric cancer detection kit

Published: 4:16 AM, November 12, 2015

SINGAPORE — Medical diagnostic company Restalyst has launched a new gastric cancer screening kit that is more accurate, the National University of Singapore (NUS) announced yesterday.

The kit, known as GC-REAAD, is a blood-based test that has demonstrated a better ability to detect without false positives compared with other tests. Validation studies were conducted on patient samples collected by the Singapore Gastric Cancer Consortium.

The test was developed from technology invented by Assistant Professor Lim Yoon Pin from the Department of Biochemistry, NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. Dr Lim’s team managed to identify a protein that is expressed at significantly higher levels in gastric cancer patients compared with patients without gastric cancer.

“We are delighted that Restalyst has successfully commercialised this NUS technology, translating it from a technology on a lab bench, into a diagnostic tool that can screen for gastric cancer,” said Dr Lily Chan, CEO of NUS Enterprise. “This is a good example of one of our local SMEs (small and medium enterprises) bringing new technologies from NUS to market and boosting their own competitiveness.” CHANNEL NEWSASIA