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Early detection of tumor DNA in liquid biopsies as a biomarker of cancer recurrence


Cyclomics BV is a Dutch start-up company with the ambition to disrupt the cancer diagnostics market with its proprietary circulating tumor (ct) DNA detection technology. Cyclomics has developed a ground-breaking sequencing methodology that enables reliable, fast and ultra-sensitive detection of cancer recurrence from blood samples (liquid biopsies).
The first product, ONCOTECT, detects oncogenic mutations in the TP53 gene, and is developed for accurate and early detection of head and neck cancer (HNC) recurrence. Recurrent disease after initial remission is a main cause of cancer-related death. In HNC, radiological examination is the current standard in detecting cancer lesions but is unable to reliably detect recurrence early on, leading to treatment delays and lower survival rates. Integration of the ONCOTECT assay into routine clinical workflow is inexpensive and will provide faster time-to-results relative to competing sequencing methods.
Since 90% of HNC patients carry specific oncogenic DNA mutations in the TP53 gene, the first application of this novel technology in recurrent HNC presents a considerable market opportunity for ONCOTECT. After achieving clinical proof-of-concept in a cohort of 20 patients, Cyclomics will offer its technology for licensing to a diagnostics company to further develop ONCOTECT as an in vitro diagnostic (IVD) kit and bring it to the market, with the aim of enabling superior quality in diagnostic and clinical decision making. ONCOTECT focuses on TP53 but the underlying technology can be applied to many different genes. Leveraging this potential, Cyclomics’ long-term vision includes monitoring of cancer treatment response and early screening programs, encompassing various genes and cancer types, with the potential to impact the full spectrum of cancer care. In this SME feasibility study, Cyclomics will obtain critical insight for commercialization strategy, including freedom to operate (FTO), user needs and regulatory requirements.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/genetics and heredity/dna
  • /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/cancer/head and neck cancer
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/genetics and heredity/mutation
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce

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Funding Scheme

SME-1 - SME instrument phase 1


Moskeeplein 82
3531 BX Utrecht
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 50 000