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Janssen to Use Adaptive's NGS Immune Profiling Assay to Study Drug Response

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Adaptive Biotechnologies said today that it has inked a biomarker discovery agreement with Janssen Research & Development.

Under the terms of the agreement, which was facilitated by the Johnson & Johnson Innovation Center, Adaptive will use its targeted next-gen sequencing-based ImmunoSeq assay to study immune response to diseases in order to identify patients more likely to respond to immunology and oncology drugs being developed by Janssen.

Adaptive provides fee-for-service access to its immune profiling sequencing technology in order to develop and validate potential clinical products. It also offers a laboratory-developed test, ClonoSeq, for monitoring minimal residual disease in blood-based cancers.

The Scan

Panel Votes for COVID-19 Pill

A US Food and Drug Administration panel has voted to support the emergency use authorization of an antiviral pill for COVID-19 from Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics, CNN says.

But Not Harm

New Scientist reports that UK bioethicists say that though gene editing may improve food production, it should not harm livestock welfare.

Effectiveness Drop Anticipated

Moderna's Stéphane Bancel predicts that that current SARS-CoV-2 vaccines may be less effective against the Omicron variant, the Financial Times reports.

Cell Studies of Human Chromatin Accessibility, SARS-CoV-2 Variants, Cell Signaling Networks

In Cell this week: chromatin accessibility maps of adult human tissues, modeling to track SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern, and more.