Personal Genome Diagnostics

The tool, called Cerebro, significantly outperformed other publicly available methods, including in the less-trafficked areas of the genome that are now relevant for TMB immunotherapy prediction.

The firm will work with the FDA to speed the approval process for its liquid biopsy assay, Elio, which analyzes SNVs, amplifications, rearrangements, and MSI.

The company is eyeing a launch for its IVD kits at the beginning of next year, as evidence grows for the integration of TMB analysis into the clinical care of cancer patients.

The ctDNA assay will be used to select patients for Phase 3 of Five Prime's registrational trial investigating bemarituzumab in gastric cancer patients.

PGDx has the exclusive rights to develop both tissue- and blood-based diagnostics using MSK’s TMB-related intellectual property.

The funds will support the commercialization of regulated genetic tests to identify molecular drivers of cancer and help individualize treatment strategies.

The results of the study could have implications for liquid biopsy developers that aim to pick out patients more likely to respond to immunotherapies.

Using blood samples from 200 cancer patients, researchers showed that it is possible to find most early cancer cases with targeted error correction sequencing.

Advanced cancer patients at the VA will now have access to the company's blood-based PlasmaSelect 64 test as well as the CancerSelect 125 tissue test.

The belief among genomics experts that one day drugs would be given based on genomic abnormalities that cut across tumor types became reality this week.

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An Australian-led team has generated a draft genome assembly of the invasive cane toad in hopes it will help in population control, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

The New York Times reports that the US Department of Defense has implemented about half the recommendations made to improve safe handling of dangerous agents.

In PLOS this week: approach for teasing out archaic introgression in human genomes, immune transcription features in HCV infection, and more.

Stat News reports that Maryland is promoting itself to the biotech industry with a mobile billboard.