Biocept has announced the full commercial launch of CNSide, its cerebrospinal fluid liquid biopsy assay designed to detect and help manage the treatment of cancers that have metastasized to the central nervous system. Initially introduced in January 2020, the test uses Biocept's quantitative tumor cell capture technology, paired with assays to identify actionable molecular treatment targets.
In presentations at recent scientific meetings, Biocept has shared data showing that CNSide could detect tumor cells in about 80 percent of suspect cases, while current cytology methods only capture about 50 percent. The test is currently validated to identify CNS metastases in patients with cancers originating in the lung or breast, but Biocept plans to expand to additional tumor types in the future.
Mission Bio Pharma Assay Development Services
Mission Bio has launched its Pharma Assay Development (PAD) services to help biopharma customers accelerate biomarker discovery and cell and gene therapy development. The PAD team will provide customers with services based on its existing single-cell multiomics technologies as well as early access to services based on new technology innovations, the company said.
Bio-Rad Laboratories SARS-CoV-2 Variant RT-PCR Assays
Bio-Rad Laboratories has launched research-use-only SARS-CoV-2 variant assays to detect variants of concern, including the P1, B1351, and B117 viral variants. The Bio-Rad SARS-CoV-2 Variant RT-PCR Assays are single-tube duplex assays designed to support detection of a specific mutation in the FAM channel and wild-type sequence in the HEX channel using either Droplet Digital PCR or RT-PCR, according to the company's website. The assays may enable laboratories to prioritize samples to send for next-generation sequencing, Bio-Rad noted.
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