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The company signed separate agreements with AstraZeneca, Merck, Merck KGaA, and Pfizer to create the panel, which is expected to help speed drug development.

It was a rough year for biotech stocks — the Nasdaq Biotech Index fell 22 percent even as the Dow gained 13 percent and the Nasdaq gained 8 percent.

Merck will provide OpGen with access to its library of bacterial pathogens in order to support OpGen's development of rapid DNA tests and a pathogens database.

Merck is hoping NanoString's multiplex platform can support gene expression signatures that will better predict which patients will respond to checkpoint inhibitors like its Keytruda.

The recent failure of Bristol-Myers Squibb's lung cancer immunotherapy to meet its primary endpoint demonstrates the challenge of working with imperfect biomarkers.

Results from the Rheumatoid Arthritis Responder Dream Challenge did not support the use of common SNP data to improve treatment response prediction models.

The gene expression assay, which targets 18 markers, is being used by Merck in three new Phase III clinical trials to expand the indication for Keytruda.

The test will identify NSCLC patients with PD-L1 expression who are likely to benefit from Merck's Keytruda, which has received a positive opinion from European regulators.

Shuffled About

Merck is cutting some 360 jobs as it shifts resources to emerging areas of study, according to the In the Pipeline blog.

In a Science Translational Medicine opinion piece, a Merck executive suggests that universities offer money-back guarantees on their research.

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In Science this week: metagenomic-based technique for determining protein structure, and more.

An academic laments the rise of narcissism in the sciences, the Guardian reports.

Outgoing FDA commissioner Robert Califf writes in an editorial that the agency can help boost innovation.

The Trump transition team has asked NIH Director Francis Collins to remain at his post, though it's unclear for how long that will be.