The coverage decision limits the test mainly to patients with advanced lung cancers who haven't been genomically profiled and who can't receive tissue testing.
On the heels of the WINTHER study, the consortium has planned a new trial called MERCURY, and will launch a blood and tissue repository.
The German drugmaker plans to advance the NSCLC treatment in parallel with tissue-based and liquid biopsy companion assays that can identify best responders.
The institutes will explore the use of Inivata's liquid biopsy platform to analyze ctDNA to measure minimal residual disease in NSCLC patients.
Three vendors applied their variant calling and interpretation pipelines to the same tumor NGS panel data and came up with overlapping but different results.
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 company has highlighted the study as evidence that its test would outperform Roche's FDA-approved liquid biopsy assay if implemented in the clinic.
The company's test boasted strong sensitivity and specificity for a range of different alterations in clinical and contrived samples, particularly for low-allele frequencies.
BMS amended an ongoing Phase III study of Opdivo and Yervoy to evaluate outcomes based on tumor mutational burden using Foundation Medicine's NGS companion diagnostic.
Biodesix will work with university researchers on an assay to help identify non-small cell lung cancer patients likely to respond to certain immunotherapies.
Sometimes genetic tests give inconclusive results and provide little reassurance to patients, the Associated Press reports.
Vox wonders whether gene-editing crops will be viewed similarly as genetically modified organisms of if people will give them a try.
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NPR reports that government and private insurers are being slow to cover recently approved CAR-T cell therapies.