AOA Press Release
McGill University’s Clinical Innovation Competition supports the development of Prof. Uri Saragovi’s research on ovarian cancer tumour markers. AOA Dx Inc to lead development and commercialization
January 4, 2021
AOA Dx Inc is excited to announce that they will be working with Professor Uri Saragovi, Senior Investigator with the Lady Davis Institute at the Jewish General Hospital and Professor at McGill University, to lead the development and commercialization of a simple blood test for quantitative detection of ovarian cancer tumour markers. Therapy for ovarian cancer, the “silent killer”, is 80% effective, but the five-year survival rate is 9% due to late diagnosis and recurrent disease. Early diagnosis would offer greater opportunity for curative therapy.
In May 2019, Professor Saragovi won the prestigious Hakim Family Innovation Prize at the annual McGill Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Clinical Innovation Competition (CLIC). The Hakim Family Innovation Prize recognizes new ideas, processes or devices in health care with the potential to have a tangible and meaningful impact on patient care. In addition to the recognition, as a recipient of this prize, Professor Saragovi received a CAD $10,000 monetary award as well as additional professional services and support, valued at CAD $50,000, to help him develop his concept.
The award recognises several years of research that has culminated in the development of a simple and accurate blood test that can detect ovarian cancer tumour markers with 95% accuracy. The detectable markers are absent in normal or non-cancer pathologies, meaning it would be highly effective in clinical practice.
“This fantastic award accompanies a series of other achievements that Prof. Saragovi has recently achieved and is a testament to the amazing work that he and his team are currently undertaking. We are incredibly proud and grateful for Prof. Saragovi’s commitment to identifying an early-stage diagnostic test, which in time will make a significant difference to so many lives.” says COO, Alex Fisher at AOA Dx Inc.
“I have long admired Dr. Raymond Hakim’s achievements and am honored to receive this prize. We are confident this simple test will have a tangible and meaningful impact on future patients,” says Prof. Saragovi.
To learn more about Prof. Uri Saragovi and the Hakim Family Innovation Prize, click here
About AOA Dx Inc.
AOA Dx Inc (AOA Inc) is a US company, with teams based in Boston, New York and London developing cancer diagnostics in the field of women’s health. AOA Dx Inc, a female led company, is committed to bringing the first accurate early stage liquid biopsy ovarian cancer diagnostic test to market that will improve clinical practice, help reduce patient mortality and deliver cost savings to payers. More information can be found at www.aoadx.com.