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Exact Sciences discussed new Cologuard data; Danaher reviewed Cepheid's 2020 performance; and NanoString talked about forthcoming spatial biology products.
Backed by large public companies and growing prospective data, the first molecular blood tests to screen for multiple cancers are approaching commercialization.
The firm said the increase in revenues was partly driven by a 9 percent increase in screening revenues.
Although the total number of deals went down in 2020, those deals were worth more compared to 2019 — four of the top five had billion-dollar price tags.
The results, presented at SABCS this week, leave open whether the added benefit from chemo seen in premenopausal women may be due to chemo-induced hormone reduction.
The new consortium is aiming to make comprehensive genomic profiling accessible to advanced cancer patients in the US, to help inform their treatment decisions.
The firm will partner with startup GeneproDx on thyroid cancer diagnostic development, while a separate agreement with Endpoint Health will entail CDx development for critical illness.
The firms had planned to develop the assay on Biocartis' Idylla platform, which would have allowed customers to perform the assay locally in their own lab facilities.
The company's acquisitions of Thrive Early Detection and Base Genomics are meant to accelerate its development of a liquid biopsy multi-cancer screening test.
According to the Associated Press, genetic genealogy has helped law enforcement officials identify an unknown victim of the Green River Killer.
Imperial College London researchers are shifting away from testing a COVID-19 vaccine to focus on combating newly emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants, the Independent says.
In PNAS this week: target to reduce chemotherapy-induced cardiac injury, tool finds ancient endogenous RNA viruses, and more.
Moderna reports its vaccine is effective against new SARS-CoV-2 strains, though it is also developing a booster, according to the New York Times.