Castle Biosciences

Palmetto GBA issued final local coverage determination for the tissue-based, 31-gene expression test, which determines a patient’s risk for metastatic disease.  

The approvals allow the company to offer its PCR-based expression profile cancer risk tests in the state.

The company announced positive coverage decisions from Palmetto GBA, 14 BCBS plans, and Aetna.

Castle will use the proceeds to accelerate marketing and new product development related to its molecular prognostic tests for patients with underserved cancers.

The Medicare contractor is proposing to not cover Vectra DA, but to extend coverage for Prolaris, Xpresys, and DecisionDx-UM under specific circumstances.

The company's new $14 million facility refinances its original $6 million loan, and adds capital for new growth.

The first tranche of the targeted $20 million financing round will be used to accelerate adoption of the company's melanoma test.

The financing will go toward commercial and clinical activities to increase adoption of the company's DecisionDx-Melanoma test.

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Researchers are refining a tool to predict a woman's risk of developing breast cancer, according to the Guardian.

According to Stat News, the partial government shutdown in the US could soon affect the ability of the Food and Drug Administration to review new drugs.

In PNAS this week: gypsy moth genome sequenced, phylogenomic analysis of Polyneopterans, and more.

CNN reports that people's genes tend to have a greater influence on their risk of developing disease than their environment, but it varies by phenotype.