Impedimed (ASX: IPD) share price up 6% on study results

Impedimed share price has surged 6.25% after a study showed that its technology is effective in screening subclinical breast cancer.
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The Impedimed Limited (ASX: IPD) share price lifted this morning on positive results from a significant cancer screening study. The results show that its bio-impedance spectroscopy (BIS) technology is more effective in screening and detecting subclinical breast cancer. Particularly in high-risk patients.

The Impedimed share price shot up as high as 18.5 cents in early trade today but has since retreated to 17 cents, up 6.25% at the time of writing.

What did the study find?

The medical device company is developing ‘BIS L-Dex’, a device that incorporates its in-house L-Dex technology and BIS to measure and monitor fluid status in breast cancer patients. 

The device sends a low-level electrical signal through the body. As lymphedema (abnormal swelling that develops as a side-effect of breast cancer surgery or radiation therapy) develops, the amount of fluid increases. This makes it easier for the signal to travel though the  body’s extracellular fluid. The L-Dex BIS then gives a score based on how easily the electrical signal moves through both unaffected and affected parts. 

The study confirmed that overall, the BIS L-Dex device achieved an 81% relative reduction in the rate of chronic lymphoedema when compared with tape measure – with a p-value of <0.001. In medical statistics, a p-value of <0.001 is the highest score and indicates that it’s statistically significant. 

The results are also clinically significant, demonstrating patients monitored with BIS L-Dex were significantly less likely to develop chronic breast cancer-related lymphedema (BCRL). 

Impedimed said the study was performed on more than 67,000 women with breast cancer, with follow-up ranging from 8 months to 3.9 years. This meta-analysis will form a strong submission to the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) in the United States.

A bit about Impedimed

Impedimed is a medical device company that produces a family of FDA-approved devices. It has been listed on the ASX since 2007.

Earlier this month, the company made news when pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca selected its Sozo device for a phase-2 trial in order to measure fluid volume in patients with chronic kidney disease. The AstraZeneca study will use the Impedimed device to evaluate the efficacy, safety and tolerability of a combination of two AstraZeneca drugs.

How has the Impedimed share price performed in 2020

In the first quarter of FY21, Impedimed reported revenue of $1.5 million, an increase of 11% on the prior corresponding period. Impedimed also had $15.4 million cash on hand at 30 September 2020.

The Impedimed share price is up more than 430% since its 52-week low of 3.2 cents, and it’s also up by 13% since the beginning of the year. The company commands a market value of $172 million.

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