Ventana

The Ventana PD-L1 assay was approved as a complementary diagnostic for bladder cancer patients being considered for treatment with the immunotherapy Imfinzi. 

The companies are aiming to develop and commercialize a test to identify patients likely to respond to Loxo's cancer drug larotrectinib.

In October, Roche reported the tissue diagnostics business contributed 8 percent to diagnostics sales in the first nine months of 2016.

The agreement gives Ventana access to results from a collaboration and licensing agreement that Transgenomic made separately with the University of Melbourne.

Horizon will develop cell lines and associated derivative reference standard material for Ventana on a project-by-project basis.

The test may help identify patients most likely to respond to Roche's new metastatic urothelial cancer drug Tecentriq, the FDA said.

The non-small cell lung cancer drug now has two FDA-approved companion tests, Abbott's FISH test and Ventana's IHC test, for identifying patients most likely to benefit from treatment.

Ventana will develop an in vitro companion diagnostic assay to identify high levels of hyaluronan in metastatic pancreatic cancer patients.

The collaboration will focus initially on early-phase studies involving Astellas' FGFR inhibitor, dubbed ASP5878.

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.