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National Institutes of Health, HHS.




The invention listed below is owned by an agency of the U.S. Government and is available for licensing and/or co-development in the U.S. in accordance with 35 U.S.C. 209 and 37 CFR part 404 to achieve expeditious commercialization of results of federally-funded research and development. Foreign patent applications are filed on selected inventions to extend market coverage for companies and may also be available for licensing and/or co-development.


Invention Development and Marketing Unit, Technology Transfer Center, National Cancer Institute, 9609 Medical Center Drive, Mail Stop 9702, Rockville, MD, 20850-9702.

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Information on licensing and co-development research collaborations, and copies of the U.S. patent applications listed below may be obtained by contacting: Attn. Invention Development and Marketing Unit, Technology Transfer Center, National Cancer Institute, 9609 Medical Center Drive, Mail Stop 9702, Rockville, MD, 20850-9702, Tel. 240-276-5515 or email A signed Confidential Disclosure Agreement may be required to receive copies of the patent applications.

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Technology description follows.

Title of invention: A SNP-based blood test for predicting breast cancer survival and determining treatment strategies.

Keywords: SNP Single Nucleotide Polymorphism Array Probe Breast Cancer.

Description of Technology

Metastasis is a primary cause of patient morbidity and mortality in solid tumors. Although recent advances in genomic technologies have provided major insights into tumor etiology, there is a significant lack of knowledge regarding the factors that contribute to metastasis.

Through studying the metastatic susceptibility of tumors, researchers at NCI's Laboratory of Cancer Biology and Genetics have discovered a select panel of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and a method for predicting Start Printed Page 62916breast cancer patient's survival. In this array, SNPs are analyzed from a patient's genomic DNA (gDNA); the result can be used to predict whether a patient is likely to respond to current breast cancer treatment strategies. This invention can reassure newly diagnosed patients that they have a high probability of responding to treatment and can also identify those patients that require alternative, more aggressive therapeutic strategies. Importantly, this invention has several advantages over the currently-offered gene expression-based breast cancer prognostic tests. Since this array can be completed following routine blood draw, rather than through a tumor biopsy, the samples are more stable, the process is quicker, simpler, less-invasive, and more cost-effective than current methods.

Potential Commercial Applications

  • Identification of patients with higher susceptibility to tumor progression (i.e., metastasis).
  • Prediction of breast cancer survival (less than 10 years, for example) using array and methods.
  • Personalization of patient treatment.

Value Proposition: Since the array processes DNA from blood rather than tissue from a standard biopsy or resection of a primary tumor, it is faster, simpler, more stable, more cost-efficient, and less-invasive because gDNA is more stable than tumor mRNA.

Development Stage: Pre-clinical (in vivo validation).

Inventor(s): Kent W. Hunter, Ph.D. (NCI), Howard H. Yang, Ph.D. (NCI), Maxwell P. Lee, Ph.D. (NCI).

Intellectual Property: HHS Reference No. E-082-2015/0-US-01

US Provisional Application 62/297,557 (HHS Reference No. E-082-2015/0-US-01) filed February 19, 2016 entitled “SNP-Based Assay to Predict Breast Cancer Survival”.

Collaboration Opportunity: Researchers at the NCI seek licensing and/or co-development research collaborations for methods that provide significant improvements in examining additional SNPs for improved prognostics, and to evaluate whether the SNP signature is associated with overall cancer incidence or effective treatment strategies.

Contact Information: Requests for copies of the patent application or inquiries about licensing, research collaborations, and co-development opportunities should be sent to John D. Hewes, Ph.D., email

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Dated: September 5, 2016.

John D. Hewes,

Technology Transfer Specialist, Technology Transfer Center, National Cancer Institute.

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