Skip to main content
Premium Trial:

Request an Annual Quote

Biocept, UT Southwestern Partner for ALK Liquid Biopsy Study

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Biocept said today that it has begun a clinical research collaboration with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center focused on non-small cell lung cancer.

The company will work with a team led by UT Southwestern researcher Saad Khan to evaluate its Target Selector platform for rapid detection of ALK mutations in patients with NSCLC. Tests will be performed both at baseline and longitudinally to measure treatment response and early signs of resistance.

A second arm of the study will also evaluate patients with rare cancers such as anaplastic thyroid cancer to determine if ALK rearrangements in these patients can be identified in the blood and whether they predict patient response to targeted therapy.

"We have designed this study to demonstrate the ability to rapidly identify ALK rearrangements, and to provide further evidence that patients with both non-small cell lung cancer and rare cancers harboring ALK alterations can benefit from targeted therapy and serial monitoring of ALK and other key alterations," Khan said in a statement.

Other terms of the collaboration were not disclosed.

The Scan

Driving Malaria-Carrying Mosquitoes Down

Researchers from the UK and Italy have tested a gene drive for mosquitoes to limit the spread of malaria, NPR reports.

Office Space to Lab Space

The New York Times writes that some empty office spaces are transforming into lab spaces.

Prion Pause to Investigate

Science reports that a moratorium on prion research has been imposed at French public research institutions.

Genome Research Papers on Gut Microbe Antibiotic Response, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Clues to Metabolism, More

In Genome Research this week: gut microbial response to antibiotic treatment, approach to gauge metabolic features from single-cell RNA sequencing, and more.