Australia and New Zealand at healthcare cutting edge

It has been called a “forgotten” cancer but it kills about 186,000 people a year worldwide. There is a better chance of treating bladder cancer — like other related diseases — if it is caught early. That is exactly what New Zealand-based life science company Pacific Edge aims to do.

Founded in 2001, Pacific Edge has developed a set of non-invasive products to diagnose certain types of cancer. Its first is the Cxbladder kit, designed to detect bladder cancer in less than two weeks.

The kit contains a patented urine sample pot that the patient fills and sends to a Pacific Edge lab in New Zealand or the US. There, a urologist uses a molecular diagnostic test to look for biomarkers indicating the presence of the disease.


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Published by Financial Times on 11 April 2018.