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The company is using newly raised funds to support a disseminated trial model, which it said will help it keep its plans to finish the study by the end of 2021.

The company said proceeds will accelerate the ongoing FDA registrational study of its blood-based colorectal cancer screening test and further its extended pipeline.

The company enters a race to the clinic with several direct competitors, including Guardant Health and CellMax Life, as well as other firms pursuing multi-cancer screening.

Research is accumulating for the improved performance of epigenetic signals over mutations, with multiple commercial efforts well underway.

Catch It Early

CNBC reports on firms pursuing blood tests to detect early-stage cancer.

The company believes the multi-omic approach it has honed for early cancer detection can also glean predictive signatures of drug response from both tumor and immune signals.

The companies will use Freenome's platform to identify cancer patients who are most likely to respond to treatment with ADC's loncastuximab tesirine.

The firm will use the funding to begin a validation study of its blood-based test for early detection of colorectal cancer. 

The company presented new data on the performance of a multi-pronged liquid biopsy assay in detecting colorectal cancers across a range of clinical stages.

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Novavax has begun a phase III trial of its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, according to the New York Times.

Vox reports that the Trump Administration may limit student visas for individuals from some countries to two years.

The governor of New York says the state will conduct its own review of any SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, NPR reports.

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