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MammaPrint is a diagnostic test to assess the risk that a breast tumor will metastasize to other parts of the body. This helps physicians determine whether or not each patient will benefit from chemotherapy. MammaPrint is part of the Symphony Suite of breast cancer decision support tests marketed by Agendia.

MammaPrint is based on the Amsterdam 70-gene breast cancer gene signature. It uses paraffin embedded or fresh tissue for the microarray analysis.[1]

In February 2007, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared the MammaPrint test for use in the U.S. for lymph node negative breast cancer patients of all ages, ER negative or ER positive, with tumors of less than 5 cm.

The cost of the assay in the U.S. is $4,200. In Europe, the test costs EUR 2675.

Sampling technique[edit]

There are two specimen types that can be submitted:

If submitting a fresh sample, the tumor 3x3mm sample from an unfixed tumor specimen within an hour of surgery. The sample is then placed in a company-provided RNARetain(R) fixative, which is then shipped to Agendia.

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Clinical trials[edit]

Agendia’s extensive clinical trials and research collaborations have produced numerous retrospective and prospective validation studies over the past decade which have enabled the successful commercialization of genomic microarray assays, such as the FDA-cleared 70-gene MammaPrint profile. Large, multi-institutional clinical trials, such as MINDACT and ISPY-2, are assessing MammaPrint.


Study Design:

Prospective Registry Of MammaPrint in breast cancer patients with an Intermediate recurrence Score (PROMIS). This will be a prospective observational, case-only, study of MammaPrint in patients with an Oncotype DX intermediate score (18-30). The clinical data is to be entered online. There will be two Case Report Forms (CRF). The first CRF must be completed before receiving the MammaPrint result. This CRF will capture baseline patient characteristics, pathology information, Oncotype DX score and the recommended treatment plan without knowing the MammaPrint result. The second CRF will be completed within 4 weeks after receiving the MammaPrint result and will capture the recommended treatment based on MammaPrint. It is expected that approximately 20-30 institutions in the US will participate. Around 300 patients will be enrolled in 2 years.


This registry study has the following objectives:

I-SPY I and I-SPY II[edit]

(CALGB 150007/150012 & ACRIN 6657)

Agendia’s MammaPrint signature and its microarray technology are integral components of biomarker analysis and molecular prediction in the landmark National Cancer Institute supported I-SPY I and I-SPY II breast cancer clinical trials which focus on the prediction of therapeutic response in the neoadjuvant setting. The utilization of MammaPrint and Agendia’s whole-genome, microarray platform are anticipated to assist in rapid, focused development of oncologic therapies paired with biomarkers.

Key Objectives of I-SPY breast cancer trials for which the MammaPrint whole-genome microarray is utilized:


The MINDACT (Microarray In Node negative and 1-3 positive lymph node Disease may Avoid ChemoTherapy)[2][3] clinical trial is a multi-center, prospective, phase III randomized study comparing the MammaPrint 70-gene expression signature with a common clinical-pathological prognostic tool (Adjuvant! Online) in selecting patients with negative or 1-3 positive nodes for adjuvant chemotherapy in breast cancer.

To date, over 5,942 breast cancer patients have been registered and over 3,142 patients enrolled from 93 participating institutions in 9 European Countries. The goal was to complete enrollment of 6,000 breast cancer patients by late 2011.

In the MINDACT trial, women with breast cancer who are assessed as “High Risk” by both MammaPrint and clinical-pathologic guidelines are advised to have chemotherapy whereas for women with “Low Risk” concordance, hormonal therapy alone is recommended. However, discordant cases are randomized to receive either chemotherapy or hormonal therapy based on clinical-pathological risk assessment or MammaPrint and the patients are followed. It is anticipated by Agendia that the results of MINDACT will validate MammaPrint as an important prognostic and predictive tool in cancer treatment.

Primary objectives of the MINDACT trial are:


Study Design:

Multi Institutional Neo Adjuvant Therapy Mammaprint Project (MINT). Patients with locally advanced breast cancer (LABC) are often treated with neoadjuvant chemotherapy to shrink the tumor before definitive surgery is performed. This allows oncologists to measure a patients response to a given chemotherapy regimen in vivo. Achievement of a complete pathologic response (pCR) to neoadjuvant chemotherapy allows for a better prediction of the prospect for a favorable outcome.

Genomics assays that measure specific gene expression patterns in a patient's primary tumor have become important prognostic tools for breast cancer patients. This study is designed to test the ability of MammaPrint® in combination with TargetPrint®, BluePrint®, and TheraPrint®, as well as traditional pathologic and clinical prognostic factors, to predict responsiveness to neo-adjuvant chemotherapy in patients with LABC.



Study Design: Prospective neo-adjuvant REGISTRY trial linking MammaPrint, Subtyping and treatment response: Neoadjuvant Breast Registry - Symphony™ Trial (NBRST) (pronounced “in breast”.) This is a prospective observational, case-only, study linking MammaPrint, BluePrint, TargetPrint, TheraPrint and possible additional profiles of interest to treatment response, Recurrence Free Survival (RFS) and Distant Metastases Free Survival (DMFS). Only patients who receive neo-adjuvant therapy can participate. For this project, approximately 20-30 institutions in the US will be invited to contribute clinical patient data from enrolled patients after a MammaPrint, TargetPrint, BluePrint and TheraPrint test has been successfully performed and the patient has started neo-adjuvant therapy. Treatment is at the discretion of the physician, adhering to NCCN approved regimens or a recognized alternative.

The clinical data is to be entered online at 4 time points; amounting to four Case Report Forms (CRFs). Data will be collected on an ongoing basis, the first CRF must be completed within 6 weeks after the MammaPrint, BluePrint, TargetPrint, and TheraPrint result was provided. The second CRF should be completed by 4 weeks after definitive surgery. CRF 3 and CRF4 will be completed 2-3 and 5 years after surgery. It is expected that we will enroll around 500 patients in 4 years.


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  1. ^ van 't Veer LJ, Dai H, van de Vijver MJ, et al. (2002). "Gene expression profiling predicts clinical outcome of breast cancer". Nature 415 (6871): 530–6. doi:10.1038/415530a. PMID 11823860. 
  2. ^ Cardoso F, Piccart-Gebhart M, Van't Veer L, Rutgers E (December 2007). "The MINDACT trial: the first prospective clinical validation of a genomic tool". Mol Oncol 1 (3): 246–51. doi:10.1016/j.molonc.2007.10.004. PMID 19383299. 
  3. ^ Cardoso F, Van't Veer L, Rutgers E, Loi S, Mook S, Piccart-Gebhart MJ (February 2008). "Clinical application of the 70-gene profile: the MINDACT trial". J. Clin. Oncol. 26 (5): 729–35. doi:10.1200/JCO.2007.14.3222. PMID 18258980.