Corporate social responsibility initiative supports commitment to long-term quality of life for cancer survivors
NAMUR, Belgium, October 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — VolitionRx Limited (OTCQB: VNRX), a life sciences company focused on developing blood-based diagnostic tests, today announced that it has initiated sponsorship of Sean Swarner, the first cancer survivor to summit Mt. Everest, to raise awareness of the importance of early detection of cancer. Through this sponsorship, VolitionRx is in-part supporting Sean’s next adventure of trekking to the South Pole to help demonstrate to the world that cancer is not a death sentence, that there are steps people can take to aid in the early detection of cancer, and that survivors can enjoy a high quality of life post-treatment.
Sean was diagnosed with two different, unrelated and deadly forms of cancer in his teenage years, and after an incredibly poor prognosis through which he spent a year in a medically-induced coma, stunned his doctors when he survived both diseases. With only one functioning lung, Swarner became the first cancer survivor to summit Mt. Everest and went on to ascend the highest peaks on each continent, thus completing the 7 Summits, as well as an Ironman World Championship.
Dr. Martin Faulkes, Chairman of VolitionRx, remarked, “Responsible corporate citizenship is at the heart of what we do at VolitionRx, so we are excited to be helping Sean reach his goal of trekking to the South Pole in January 2015. Through his adventures, Sean empowers people to embrace their own goals and aims to challenge the way they think, which are virtues we at VolitionRx hold in esteemed regard. We have aligned with Sean to demonstrate that one of the best ways to survive cancer is early detection through screening, which is why we are currently developing blood-based diagnostic tests that have the potential to dramatically improve five-year survival rates. As part of VolitionRx’s commitment to meaningful corporate social responsibility, our sponsorship of Sean is an example of support for long-term survival of cancer patients who provide motivation to our team every day.”
Sean Swarner, commented, “I am honored and thankful to be collaborating with VolitionRx, a unique and innovative company focused on the development of diagnostic tests for the early detection of cancer. Together, I am confident that we can help show people that one’s life does not end with cancer diagnosis, highlight the importance of early detection and demonstrate the need for better, simpler and cost-effective tests that accurately detect cancers early in the treatment paradigm.”
VolitionRx is first investigating its diagnostic test in colorectal cancer, which is one of the more survivable diseases if caught early: it has an observed five-year survival rate of 74% in stage I, but only 6% in stage IV. VolitionRx’s NuQ® blood-based diagnostic platform aims to meet the need of early detection by detecting colorectal cancer through a simple, accurate, cost-effective, blood test. The NuQ® tests utilize the Company’s proprietary Nucleosomics® platform, which identifies and measures circulating nucleosome structures for the presence of epigenetic cancer signals within the blood.
VolitionRx is a life sciences company focused on developing blood-based diagnostic tests. The tests are based on the science of Nucleosomics which is the practice of identifying and measuring nucleosomes in the bloodstream – an indication that cancer is present.
VolitionRx’s goal is to make the tests as common and simple to use, for both patients and doctors, as existing diabetic and cholesterol blood tests. VolitionRx’s research and development activities are currently centred in Belgium as the company focuses on bringing its diagnostic products to market first in Europe, then in the US and ultimately, worldwide.
Charlotte Reynolds, VolitionRx
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Kirsten Thomas, The Ruth Group
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Scott Powell, VolitionRx
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Lee Roth, The Ruth Group
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