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The company signed a distribution agreement in Japan for its Idylla products and also initiated a listing of €150 million in unsecured convertible bonds.

The Belgian oncology molecular diagnostics firm reported a 17 percent increase in product sales but said that sales of cartridges in the US were lower than expected. 

Biocartis' Idylla called some colorectal cancer samples negative that Sysmex Inostics's OncoBEAM called positive, but the clinical implications may be complex.

The agreement is part of Biocartis' long term plans to expand its presence in the oncology field by building a menu of tests for immunotherapies.

Idylla molecular testing instruments will be placed at Covance sites to support customer needs for clinical trials and to validate and implement companion diagnostic applications.

The deal will focus on Biocartis' Idylla MSI test, which provides information on a tumor's microsatellite instability status of a tumor from a single FFPE slice.

The firm will expand on its MSI assay for use in immunotherapy while developing liquid biopsy assays to monitor patients post therapy and for recurrence.

The firm plans to submit its Idylla MSI test for 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration after receiving CE-IVD approval this morning.

The RT-qPCR-based assay, which has 510(k) clearance, is designed to rapidly differentiate sepsis from systemic inflammatory response syndrome.

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Forensic genetic firm Verogen has bought the genetic genealogy site GEDmatch.

Researchers have 3D-printed plastic bunnies that encase the information needed to make more such bunnies in DNA, according to Discover magazine.

Dan Rather, the former CBS Evening News anchor and executive producer of a new documentary, writes at the Guardian that everyone needs to know about CRISPR.

In PNAS this week: analysis of FOXA1 upregulation in ER-positive breast cancer, gene editing to correct recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa, and more.