NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Belgian molecular diagnostics firm Biocartis announced today that it has signed an agreement with Germany's Merck to develop and commercialize a new liquid biopsy-based RAS biomarker test for metastatic colorectal cancer based on its Idylla PCR-based diagnostics platform.

According to Biocartis, the new test will comprise two Idylla cartridges and be designed to detect an extended panel of RAS mutations while also providing a BRAF V600 mutation analysis, allowing clinicians to evaluate the mutation status of both biomarker types simultaneously.

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