Biocartis

The first assay to be developed under the new five-year strategic partnership is a solid biopsy breast cancer assay designed to guide drug selection.

The lung cancer test, which can detect 51 EGFR mutations, is the fifth assay for cancer that the Belgian molecular diagnostics firm has CE marked.

Biocartis and MRCT are planning to develop a range of molecular diagnostic assays for Biocartis' fully automated Idylla platform.

The subsidiary is being formed in support of Biocartis' recent US distribution deal with Thermo Fisher Scientific.

The firm said that the test may be validated as a prognostic test for colorectal cancer and a predictive test for cancer immunotherapies. 

A decline in collaboration revenues more than offset revenue gains for the company's Idylla platform and test cartridges.

The firm also announced that it plans to expand its RAS biomarker testing collaboration with Amgen in Europe.

The combination of the new test with Biocartis' existing KRAS assay offers customers a complete solution for testing metastatic colorectal cancers as reccomended by professional guidelines.

The firm offered a qualitative assessment of third quarter business activities, and announced a private placement and a US distribution deal with Thermo Fisher.

The funding will support manufacturing of the firm's Idylla PCR-based diagnostics platform and worker training at its Mechelen, Belgium facility.

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The genome of a rare, red bat suggests that its effective population size has been in decline for thousands of years, according to a PLOS One study.

In Nature this week: investigation into the genetics of medulloblastoma, and more.

A project in the UK is to use genomic selection to speed spruce tree growth, according to Innovators Magazine.