Roche launches the Elecsys® AMH Plus immunoassay, used to establish the individualized dosing of Ferring’s follitropin delta

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● The Elecsys® AMH Plus immunoassay is the first companion diagnostic to be approved for use in fertility
● This simple fertility blood test delivers results during consultation, helping clinicians incorporate AMH testing into routine patient management
● The launch is the result of a successful collaboration between Roche and Ferring Pharmaceuticals to enhance personalized medicine in fertility

Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) announced today the European launch of its fully automated Elecsys® AMH Plus immunoassay, marking the result of its collaboration with Ferring Pharmaceuticals. The immunoassay, which is to be used for establishing an individualized daily dose of Ferring Pharmaceuticals’ human recombinant follicle-stimulating hormone REKOVELLE® (follitropin delta),1,2 is the first companion diagnostic to be approved for use in fertility.

“Our collaboration with Ferring in the field of personalized healthcare reflects our ambition to provide differentiated solutions that help improve the lives of women,” says Jean-Claude Gottraux, Head of Centralized and Point of Care Solutions. “With the approval of our first companion diagnostic solution in the fertility treatment area, we are excited to continue pairing our technical expertise with industry partners to advance personalized healthcare across different therapeutic areas.”

An estimated 9% of women worldwide will experience infertility at some point in their lives.3 In some cases, medical treatment, including controlled ovarian stimulation (COS), as part of an assisted reproductive technology program, can help women conceive. Prior to treatment, diagnostic testing is often performed to shed light on a woman’s fertility potential and personalize her treatment needs.

Anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) is a widely accepted biomarker used to predict a woman’s response to COS.4-6 By assessing serum AMH levels, clinicians can make informed treatment decisions to help maximize each woman’s chances of conception, while minimizing safety concerns such as ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS).4-7

With a simple blood test, the fully-automated Elecsys® AMH Plus immunoassay can deliver precise and reliable results in 18 minutes from loading the serum sample2,8-12, enabling clinicians to evaluate women quickly during their office visit, unlike manual tests, which can take up to several hours to produce results. The ease and speed of use make the Elecsys® AMH Plus immunoassay suitable for everyday clinical use.2,8-12

The launch of the Elecsys® AMH Plus follows the recent European Commission decision to grant marketing authorization for REKOVELLE® in COS for the development of multiple follicles in women undergoing assisted reproductive technologies (ART), such as an in vitro fertilization (IVF)13 or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) cycle.

With REKOVELLE®, Roche and Ferring have pioneered a new approach to dosing, which seeks to offer a personalized treatment option based on a woman’s serum AMH level and her body weight.1

“As part of our commitment to innovation in reproductive health, we were looking for a partner that could support us in delivering biomarker-based personalization strategies to the fertility market,” commented Per Falk, MD, Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer at Ferring Pharmaceuticals. “Collaborating with Roche, a global leader in diagnostics, we have developed a dosing regimen that enables doctors to tailor REKOVELLE® to each patient with the aim of maintaining efficacy while reducing complications during treatment.”

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About the Elecsys® AMH Plus immunoassay

The Elecsys® AMH Plus immunoassay has been shown to provide a precise, reliable and robust measurement of AMH levels.2,8-12 The fully automated Elecsys® AMH Plus immunoassay, run on the cobas e and Elecsys® immunoassay analyzers, determines AMH levels in 18 minutes, making it appropriate for routine clinical use. The Elecsys® AMH Plus immunoassay is intended to be used for assessment of ovarian reserve, prediction of response to controlled ovarian stimulation (COS) and establishment of the individual daily dose of Ferring Pharmaceuticals’ follitropin delta in combination with body weight in COS for the development of multiple follicles in women undergoing an assisted reproductive technology program.2,8-12

About REKOVELLE® (follitropin delta)

REKOVELLE® (follitropin delta) from Ferring Pharmaceuticals is the first recombinant follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) derived from a human cell line.1,13-15 It has been developed for individualized dosing based on a woman’s serum anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) level, as determined by a companion diagnostic, the Elecsys® AMH Plus immunoassay, and her body weight.1,2 Follitropin delta is structurally and biochemically distinct from other existing recombinant FSH treatments.1,13-16

About Roche

Roche is a global pioneer in pharmaceuticals and diagnostics focused on advancing science to improve people’s lives. The combined strengths of pharmaceuticals and diagnostics under one roof have made Roche the leader in personalized healthcare – a strategy that aims to fit the right treatment to each patient in the best way possible.

Roche is the world’s largest biotech company, with truly differentiated medicines in oncology, immunology, infectious diseases, ophthalmology and diseases of the central nervous system. Roche is also the world leader in in vitro diagnostics and tissue-based cancer diagnostics, and a frontrunner in diabetes management.

Founded in 1896, Roche continues to search for better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat diseases and make a sustainable contribution to society. The company also aims to improve patient access to medical innovations by working with all relevant stakeholders. Twenty-nine medicines developed by Roche are included in the World Health Organization Model Lists of Essential Medicines, among them life-saving antibiotics, antimalarials and cancer medicines. Roche has been recognised as the Group Leader in sustainability within the Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology & Life Sciences Industry eight years in a row by the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI).

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