Skip to main content
Premium Trial:

Request an Annual Quote

Gen-Probe Seeks FDA Approval for Donor Blood HBV Assay

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Gen-Probe has filed for clearance with the US Food and Drug Administration for additional use of the Procleix Ultrio assay to screen for hepatitis B virus in donated blood, the company said today.
 
The company seeks FDA approval that would allow it to administer the assay on its semi-automated platform and on its fully automated, high-throughput TIGRIS system.
 
Between 2006 and 2007, the FDA cleared the Procleix Ultrio to screen for HIV-1 and HCV in donated blood, plasma, organs, and tissue on both of its instrument systems. However, those clearances did not cover screening for HBV in donated blood because the assay was not tested for HBV yield in donated blood.
 
The company said that after discussions with the FDA it agreed with the Novartis-owned company Chiron to conduct a post-marketing study to demonstrate the test’s HBV yield capability, and a subsequent screening of 500,000 samples yielded two cases of HBV.
 
Procleix and Ultrio are property of Novartis, which serves as one of Gen-Probe’s distributors.

The Scan

UK Pilot Study Suggests Digital Pathway May Expand BRCA Testing in Breast Cancer

A randomized pilot study in the Journal of Medical Genetics points to similar outcomes for breast cancer patients receiving germline BRCA testing through fully digital or partially digital testing pathways.

Survey Sees Genetic Literacy on the Rise, Though Further Education Needed

Survey participants appear to have higher genetic familiarity, knowledge, and skills compared to 2013, though 'room for improvement' remains, an AJHG paper finds.

Study Reveals Molecular, Clinical Features in Colorectal Cancer Cases Involving Multiple Primary Tumors

Researchers compare mismatch repair, microsatellite instability, and tumor mutation burden patterns in synchronous multiple- or single primary colorectal cancers.

FarGen Phase One Sequences Exomes of Nearly 500 From Faroe Islands

The analysis in the European Journal of Human Genetics finds few rare variants and limited geographic structure among Faroese individuals.