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In Brief This Week: HTG Molecular, Lucid Diagnostics, Theradiag, and More

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – HTG Molecular announced this week that it has amended its second precision diagnostic partnership program with Qiagen. According to the firm, the amendment extends the use of the investigational-use-only assay the partners previously developed as part of the program. HTG expects the amendment to generate revenue in the low single-digit millions for the additional activities.

Indian diagnostic lab network Lucid Diagnostics said this week that it will offer Mapmygenome's DNA Onco Screen test to consumers and physicians for the prevention and early detection of cancer. DNA Onco Screen assesses genetic predisposition to various cancers, physiological traits known to trigger cancer, and lifestyle traits linked to cancer risk. The assay also identifies key clinical markers associated with cancer. Patients receiving the test also have access to genetic counseling.

IVD and theranostic firm Theradiag this week reported a 2 percent year-over-year drop in total revenues for full-year 2018. For the year, the company reported revenues of €8.9 million ($10.1 million) compared to €9.1 million in 2017. Theranostics-based revenues were down about 4 percent year over year to €4.0 million from €4.2 million, while Lisa Tracker kits revenues grew 17 percent to €3.9 million from €3.3 million. IVD revenues were steady at €4.9 million. Theradiag exited 2018 with €3.4 million in cash.

Xifin this week announced a partnership with Glidian to integrate that company's automated prior authorization capabilities with Xifin's revenue cycle management and laboratory information system solutions, Xifin RPM and Xifin LIS. Glidian offers an electronic platform that streamlines prior authorizations for healthcare providers. Xifin said the partnership will enable diagnostic service providers to increase revenue by reducing prior authorization-related denials. It also builds on the prior authorization workflow, logic, and document storage available within Xifin RPM, Xifin said.

In Brief This Week is a selection of news items that may be of interest to our readers but had not previously appeared on GenomeWeb.

The Scan

Positive Framing of Genetic Studies Can Spark Mistrust Among Underrepresented Groups

Researchers in Human Genetics and Genomics Advances report that how researchers describe genomic studies may alienate potential participants.

Small Study of Gene Editing to Treat Sickle Cell Disease

In a Novartis-sponsored study in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers found that a CRISPR-Cas9-based treatment targeting promoters of genes encoding fetal hemoglobin could reduce disease symptoms.

Gut Microbiome Changes Appear in Infants Before They Develop Eczema, Study Finds

Researchers report in mSystems that infants experienced an enrichment in Clostridium sensu stricto 1 and Finegoldia and a depletion of Bacteroides before developing eczema.

Acute Myeloid Leukemia Treatment Specificity Enhanced With Stem Cell Editing

A study in Nature suggests epitope editing in donor stem cells prior to bone marrow transplants can stave off toxicity when targeting acute myeloid leukemia with immunotherapy.