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Rotkreuz/Switzerland, 05 July 2012

Roche complements hemostasis portfolio with the Multiplate® analyzer

Personalized anti-platelet therapy and stratified bleeding risk with unique diagnostic solution

Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) started the distribution of the Multiplate analyzer, a medical solution for the rapid determination of a patient's platelet function. The Multiplate analyzer aids health professionals to predict a patient’s thrombotic1,2,3 and bleeding risk3,4  and thus enables them to tailor anti-platelet therapies and to stratify patients at risk of bleeding during and after surgery4. Multiplate truly represents Roche’s ambition for improved clinical decision making, as the compact and easy to use bench-top system can support physicians in making improved clinical decisions in cardiology, surgery and intensive care.5,6,7

“Multiplate ideally complements our new hemostasis portfolio as it combines proven medical benefit to health professionals with striking innovation for the clinical laboratory. Our roadmap in hemostasis diagnostics will deliver a continuing series of leading products in the coming years and Multiplate is our first tangible element that demonstrates the swift implementation of our new hemostasis strategy”, states Colin Brown, head of Roche Professional Diagnostics. The Multiplate analyzer was recently acquired with Roche’s takeover of Verum Diagnostica, an international leader in platelet function testing.

Guidance for anti-platelet therapies

Patients with high residual on-treatment reactivity have been shown to be at increased risk of stroke2 and recurrent ischemic events.5,7 Platelet inhibitors such as Aspirin® and clopidogrel are used to ensure blood fluidity and to minimize the formation of thrombi. But not all patients respond well to anti-thrombotic agents. For example, up to 25% of patients only respond inadequately to a treatment with the platelet antiaggregant clopidogrel.9 They are termed non-responders. The identified increased risk can be reduced by switching these patients to other anti-platelet therapies that have been shown to reduce recurrent events.5,8

Predictive management of bleeding risk in patients at surgery

With patients under antiplatelet therapy like Aspirin, it is crucial to assess the patients’ bleeding risk before surgical impacts. As Aspirin is commonly known for a tendency of mild bleeding, the treatment of patients with additional anti thrombotic agents such as clopidogrel showed a perioperative risk of bleeding. Multiplate supports health professionals with a precedent patient monitoring to determine if the individual is at risk of severe bleeding when treated with specific anti-thrombotic agents. Several studies have shown that Multiplate analysis can successfully determine the effectiveness of anti-platelet drugs like Aspirin10, as well as anti-platelet treatment options like clopidogrel and prasugrel11.

Early thrombotic risk assessment in patients with intravascular implants

A major challenge in patients with intravascular stent implants is that the turbulent surface of the implant can activate platelet formation. Consequently, a pharmacological platelet inhibition is crucial to prevent stent thrombosis. In clinical practice a dual platelet aggregation treatment is currently recommended to avoid thrombi forming. However, challenges with non-responders on specific anti thrombotic agents exist. In one of the largest clinical investigations to state, poor clopidogrel responders had a 9.4 fold higher risk of stent thrombosis than normal responders7, whilst the proportion of patients resistant to Aspirin is about one out of ten. Several studies showed that routine tailoring of anti-platelet therapy using Multiplate testing has the potential to significantly reduce the incidence of major adverse ischemic events after coronary stent implantation.5,8,12

Next-generation technology available today

Laboratory coagulation is estimated to be the fifth largest market in professional diagnostics globally. By the year of 2015, Roche expects a significant growth in the field of coagulation diagnostics of above 5% in a today global 1.3 billion USD market. First deployed in the European, Middle-East and Asian region13 the system comes with six CE marked reagents, including ADPtest, ASPItest, TRAPtest, COLtest, RISTOtest and ADPtest HS. By providing a turnaround time of whole blood testing on five simultaneous channels in 10 minutes, the Multiplate analyzer leads the industry benchmark available today.

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13)Countries include France, Germany, UK, Korea, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Hungary, Poland, South Africa, Turkey, Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong and Singapore

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