Spartan Bioscience

The firm launched the multiplex PCR-based test this week on its Spartan Cube platform to support patient enrollment in Alzheimer's clinical trials.

The investment will fund the research and development of new diagnostic testing products, including rapid genetic testing.

Originally published Oct. 31.
NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Spartan Bioscience is gearing up to commercialize its CYP2C19 test in Canada in the point-of-care setting, a previously untapped market for the company.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Health Canada has approved Spartan Bioscience's non-invasive genetic test for determining within an hour whether a person has CYP2C19 genetic mutations.

The American Society of Human Genetics and the National Human Genome Research Institute have named Katherine Blizinsky the newest ASHG/NHGRI Genetics and Public Policy Fellow and Elizabeth Tuck as Genetics and Education Fellow. Both have 16-month appointments.

Stratec Molecular has been awarded

Can drugmakers be held liable for failing to aggressively warn consumers that patients with certain genetic markers will not respond or will have limited response to their drugs beyond just mentioning this information in drug labeling?

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Montreal Heart Institute has partnered with several biotech companies and the Quebec government to launch a C$49.2 million (US$44.6 million) research program to that will use genetic and other biomarkers to develop personalized treatments for cardiovascular disease

Peter Rogan has been awarded US Patent No. 8,532,934, "Rapid and comprehensive identification of prokaryotic organisms by metagenomic analysis."

Having garnered 510(k) regulatory clearance in August for its rapid-analysis CYP2C19 genetic test, Spartan Bioscience will continue to work with the US Food and Drug Administration to try to gain the agency's okay for marketing the test in the point-of-care setting.

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A former Penn State Hershey Medical Center staffer has admitted to lying about skipping mandatory steps of genetic cancer tests he performed, the Associated Press reports.

The genome of a rare, red bat suggests that its effective population size has been in decline for thousands of years, according to a PLOS One study.

In Nature this week: investigation into the genetics of medulloblastoma, and more.

A project in the UK is to use genomic selection to speed spruce tree growth, according to Innovators Magazine.