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Biocept Receives Additional Patent Issuances in Three Major International Territories for its Target Selector Platform

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Intellectual property estate now includes 25 issued patents for Biocept's highly sensitive methods for detecting cancer biomarkers in circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) and on circulating tumor cells (CTCs)

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Biocept, Inc. (NASDAQ: BIOC), a leading commercial provider of liquid biopsy tests designed to provide physicians with clinically actionable information to improve the outcomes of patients diagnosed with cancer, announces the issuance of patents in Europe, Japan and Hong Kong for its core Target Selector™ liquid biopsy technology. In Japan, Biocept's patent no. 6234817 is entitled METHODS AND REAGENTS FOR SIGNAL AMPLIFICATION, and in Europe, Biocept's patent no. 2995953 is entitled DEVICES AND METHODS OF CELL CAPTURE AND ANALYSIS. In Hong Kong, Biocept's patent no. HK1191043 is entitled CELL SEPARATION USING MICROCHANNEL HAVING PATTERNED POSTS. All of these patents are directed to the capture and analysis of rare cells of interest, such as cancer cells, that are shed into the blood from solid tumors. Biocept now has 25 issued patents globally for its liquid biopsy technology platforms.

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"The granting of these patents further expands Biocept's intellectual property rights regarding the use of antibody 'cocktails' and separately microfluidic devices to capture and interrogate rare cells of interest from any sample type," said Lyle Arnold, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer at Biocept. "Expansion of our patent rights worldwide further establishes Biocept's proprietary position in the liquid biopsy segment."

Michael Nall, Biocept's President and CEO, added, "Expanding Biocept's patent protection around the world is an important component of our strategy and these newly issued patents strengthen the opportunity to develop business in major markets outside the U.S. We now have 25 issued patents for our core technologies and we intend to continue to broaden and leverage our intellectual property position throughout the year."

About Biocept
Biocept, Inc. is a molecular diagnostics company with commercialized assays for lung, breast, gastric, colorectal and prostate cancers, and melanoma.  The Company leverages its proprietary liquid biopsy technology to provide physicians with clinically actionable information for treating and monitoring patients diagnosed with cancer.  Biocept's patented Target Selector™ liquid biopsy technology platforms capture and analyze tumor-associated molecular markers on circulating tumor cells (CTCs) and in circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA). With thousands of tests performed, the platform has demonstrated the ability to identify cancer mutations and alterations to inform physicians about a patient's disease and therapeutic options. For additional information, please visit www.biocept.com.

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