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Merck, Burning Rock Ink Liquid Biopsy Companion Diagnostics Deal

NEW YORK – Burning Rock Biotech said Thursday that it has entered a strategic partnership with Merck to develop a companion diagnostic for the MET inhibitor tepotinib (Tepmetko) in the mainland China market, using Burning Rock's OncoCompass Target panel.

Tepotinib is an oral MET inhibitor approved for the treatment of advanced non-small cell lung cancer harboring MET gene alterations.

Burning Rock's OncoCompass Target is a blood-based next-generation sequencing assay that targets 168 clinically actionable predictive biomarkers, including MET. It is one of several fixed-panel NGS assays offered by the company for use in precision oncology.

The Guangzhou, China-based firm is also developing technology for early cancer detection and minimal residual disease detection, with its first launches planned for next year.

Financial terms of the agreement with Merck were not disclosed.

The Scan

Comfort of Home

The Guardian reports that AstraZeneca is to run more clinical trials from people's homes with the aim of increasing participant diversity.

Keep Under Control

Genetic technologies are among the tools suggested to manage invasive species and feral animals in Australia, Newsweek says.

Just Make It

The New York Times writes that there is increased interest in applying gene synthesis to even more applications.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on OncoDB, mBodyMap, Genomicus

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: database to analyze large cancer datasets, human body microbe database, and more.