Bioclassifier

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By Justin Petrone

The quintet of studies, presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting last week, could help support NanoString's diagnostic ambitions.

ARUP Labs launches PAM50 Breast Cancer Intrinsic Classifier.

NanoString is betting that its test will predict treatment benefit for specific classes of chemotherapies, which will differentiate it from other genomic breast cancer tests on the market.

Bioclassifier has licensed to NanoString the rights to develop in vitro diagnostic and research products based on the so-called PAM50 gene signature and NanoString's nCounter platform. Meantime, ARUP Laboratories will next month launch a laboratory-developed qPCR test based on the signature.

CEO Brad Gray said that the firm intends to have the breast cancer intrinsic subtyping assay on the US market for clinical use in two years.

NanoString licensed a gene signature created and validated by Bioclassifier in order to develop diagnostic and research products for breast cancer intrinsic subtyping.

An Australian-led team has generated a draft genome assembly of the invasive cane toad in hopes it will help in population control, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

The New York Times reports that the US Department of Defense has implemented about half the recommendations made to improve safe handling of dangerous agents.

In PLOS this week: approach for teasing out archaic introgression in human genomes, immune transcription features in HCV infection, and more.

Stat News reports that Maryland is promoting itself to the biotech industry with a mobile billboard.