During the meeting, researchers presented studies on combination immunotherapies and the efficacy of giving molecularly-informed treatments earlier in the disease continuum.
The trial will test two Bristol-Myers Squibb cancer drugs in patients with metastatic or unresectable tumors harboring mutations in the genes POLE and POLD1.
The pharma company plans to use the Signatera assay to determine whether it can identify patients who will respond to immunotherapy.
The projects, organized by Friends of Cancer Research in the US and the Quality Assurance Initiative Pathology (QuIP) in Germany, are comparing different TMB assays.
Presentations largely reflected negatively on the utility of PD-L1 for stratifying response, but pivotal new data on tumor mutational burden as assessed by Foundation Medicine's genomic sequencing panel.
The companies plan to develop a broad NGS panel to analyze all known biomarkers for cancer drugs, including tumor mutation burden and microsatellite instability.
With multiple independent biomarkers, and potential combinations that may require even more subtyping, diagnostics to guide immunotherapy appears to be getting more complicated.
BMS amended an ongoing Phase III study of Opdivo and Yervoy to evaluate outcomes based on tumor mutational burden using Foundation Medicine's NGS companion diagnostic.
The partners will use the GuardantOMNI assay, a 500-plus-gene liquid biopsy panel designed to accelerate clinical trials and targeted cancer therapy research.
The alliance's first aim is the identification, development, and validation of biomarkers of cancer and treatment response.
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