Skip to main content

Xceed Partners with UFL on Gene Signatures for Bladder Cancer

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Xceed Molecular, a developer of gene expression analysis systems, said Wednesday that it will work with scientists at the University of Florida in a collaboration aimed at developing a gene expression signature for differentiating early-stage bladder cancer from other conditions.
Through the company’s Strategic Collaborator Program, UF researchers Charles Joel Rosser and Steve Goodison, in the school’s Urology and Surgery departments, respectively, will perform initial verification and validation of a signature that could be used to differentiate the cancer from other conditions using voided urine samples.
The collaborators will test around 700 samples from patients previously identified to have either cancerous or non-cancerous bladder tumors in order to verify that the gene expression signature can be used to distinguish the two groups.
Xceed will run the first 100 samples on its Ziplex System in its Toronto labs. Xceed also will provide the university with a Ziplex System, which it will use to study the rest of the samples. If the collaboration validates the signature, Xceed and the university will pursue more clinical testing to validate the signature for use in managing patients.
Financial terms of the agreement were not released.

The Scan

Gap in COVAX Doses

BBC News reports that COVAX is experiencing a vaccine shortfall, as the Serum Institute of India has paused exports.

Sanofi, GSK Report Promising Results

The Wall Street Journal reports that the candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccine from Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline has had encouraging early results.

Influence of Luck

The New York Times examines how the US avoided variant-fueled increases in COVID-19 cases.

PLOS Papers on Retina GWAS, Hantaan Virus, COVID-19 Phenome-Wide Association Study

In PLOS this week: genome-wide association study of retinal morphology, analysis of hantaan virus found in a mouse, and more.