NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Bellwether Bio, a liquid biopsy startup that recently spun out of the University of Washington, has raised almost $2.8 million in seed financing.

The company, cofounded by UW professor Jay Shendure and Matthew Snyder, a former graduate student in Shendure's lab, aims to commercialize technology based on determining fragmentation patterns in circulating cell-free DNA. Snyder is chief technology officer at Bellwether Bio, while Shendure, a professor in the Department of Genome Sciences, will serve as head of the company's scientific advisory board.

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Thermo Fisher Scientific

In this webinar, the first in the “New Frontiers in Liquid Biopsy Research” series, Bea Bellosillo, head of pathology at the Hospital del Mar, will discuss her experience evaluating an early-access lung cancer panel that detects copy number variants and fusions.

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Dovetail Genomics

Proximity ligation technology generates multi-dimensional next-generation sequencing data that is proving to solve unmet needs in genomic research. 

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Liquid biopsies are becoming increasingly important for the detection of actionable mutations in cancer due to tumor heterogeneity as well as the practical limitations of invasive tissue biopsies. 

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This webinar will discuss a new approach to amplicon sequencing that addresses the current inefficiencies of the method, such as small designs, primer drop outs, and low uniformity.