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CombiMatrix Molecular Diagnostics, Genentech

CombiMatrix Molecular Diagnostics this week launched its HerScan test for breast cancer. HerScan is an array comparative hybridization-based assay designed to detect amplification of the HER2 gene in early breast cancer. The test also provides clinicians with a complete profile of a patient's tumor genome, CMDX said.
The College of American Pathologists and the American Society of Clinical Oncology have recommended that HER2 status be determined in all invasive breast cancers as a prognostic marker for which patients are most likely to benefit from Genentech’s breast cancer drug Herceptin.

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