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Mainz Biomed Announces Partnership with the Instituto de Microecologia to Expand ColoAlert® Commercialization in Spain and Portugal

BERKELEY, Calif. and MAINZ, Germany, April 26, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mainz Biomed NV (NASDAQ:MYNZ) (“Mainz Biomed” or the “Company”), a molecular genetics diagnostic company specializing in the early detection of cancer, announced that it has added the Instituto de Microecologia in Madrid to its growing network of lab partners across Europe and in select international markets. ColoAlert®, Mainz Biomed’s flagship product, is a highly efficacious and easy-to-use, at-home detection test for colorectal cancer (CRC). For more than 60 years, the Instituto de Microecologia has been a pioneer in microbiota studies and food sensitivity, focused on disseminating the importance of intestinal health through microbiological analysis and diagnosis of microbiota profiles and specific health parameters. Entering the market and beginning commercialization in Spain and Portugal signify the continued expansion of Mainz Biomed’s impact in Europe.

“As we continue to form partnerships with third-party diagnostic labs such as the Instituto de Microecologia for test kit processing, our aim is to increase consumer access to affordable and reliable CRC screening tests like ColoAlert,” said Guido Baechler, Chief Executive Officer of Mainz Biomed. “Early screening has the potential to dramatically impact the treatment and prevention of this deadly disease, as well as save lives.”

According to the World Cancer Research Fund International, CRC is the third most common cancer worldwide and Portugal ranks seventh in total global CRC rates with 10,501 cases reported in 2020. On its website, the Institute lists CRC as the second leading cause of death from cancer in Spain and the most frequent malignant tumor, with 41,441 new cases each year affecting 1 in 20 men and 1 in 30 women before the age of 74. The probability of survival exceeds 90% when detected at an early stage.

The Instituto de Microecologia is widely known across Spain for its pioneering work in intestinal health. It offers a wide range of diagnostic and analytical services and is continuously advancing its scientific and technical capabilities through ongoing internal research alongside external collaborations. The Institute deploys the most innovative diagnostic techniques by continuously auditing procedures to ensure delivery of the highest standard of quality and reliability of diagnostic results.

About ColoAlert
ColoAlert®, Mainz Biomed’s flagship product, delivers high sensitivity and specificity in a user-friendly, at-home colorectal cancer (CRC) screening kit. This non-invasive test can be indicative of tumors as determined by analyzing tumor DNA, offering better early detection than fecal occult blood tests (FOBT). Based on PCR-technology, ColoAlert detects more cases of colorectal cancer than other stool tests and allows for an earlier diagnosis (Gies et al., 2018). The product is commercially available in select EU countries through a network of leading independent laboratories, corporate health programs and via direct sales. To receive marketing approval in the US, ColoAlert will be evaluated in the FDA-registration trial ‘ReconAAsense.’ Once approved in the US, the Company’s commercial strategy is to establish scalable distribution through a collaborative partner program with regional and national laboratory service providers across the country.

About Colorectal Cancer
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third most common cancer globally, with more than 1.9 million new cases reported in 2020, according to World Cancer Research Fund International. The US Preventive Services Task Force recommends that screening with stool DNA tests such as ColoAlert should be conducted once every three years starting at age 45. Each year in the US, 16.6 million colonoscopies are performed. However, roughly one-third of US residents aged 50-75 have never been screened for colon cancer. This gap in screening represents a $4.0B+ total market opportunity in the US.

About Mainz Biomed NV
Mainz Biomed develops market-ready molecular genetic diagnostic solutions for life-threatening conditions. The Company’s flagship product is ColoAlert, an accurate, non-invasive and easy-to-use, early-detection diagnostic test for colorectal cancer based on real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction-based (PCR) multiplex detection of molecular-genetic biomarkers in stool samples. ColoAlert is currently marketed across Europe. The Company is running a pivotal FDA clinical study for US regulatory approval. Mainz Biomed’s product candidate portfolio also includes PancAlert, an early-stage pancreatic cancer screening test. To learn more, visit or follow us on LinkedInTwitter and Facebook.

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