osimertinib Genecast to Evaluate Liquid Biopsy EGFR Mutation Test in Early-Stage Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer The firm hopes its qPCR-based liquid biopsy test could help identify early-stage NSCLC patients eligible for adjuvant or neoadjuvant anti-EGFR TKI treatment. Roche EGFR Mutation Test Approved by FDA as Companion Diagnostic for NSCLC Roche's real-time PCR test detects defined mutations of the epidermal growth factor receptor gene in DNA from non-small cell lung cancer patients. Oncocyte DetermaRx Predicts Early Lung Cancer Outcomes Regardless of EGFR Status Premium Researchers showed benefit from chemotherapy in patients classified as high risk by the test, independent of their EGFR mutation status. Foundation Medicine Liquid Biopsy Gets FDA Approval for Multiple Companion Diagnostic Indications The agency approved the test for use across solid tumors and with multiple companion diagnostic indications including one for prostate cancer and three for lung cancer. Guardant Health CDx Wins FDA Approval for First Liquid Biopsy NGS Tumor Profiling Assay The assay provides comprehensive genomic information to oncologists from a blood draw, using targeted next-generation sequencing of circulating cell-free DNA. Jan 22, 2020 Biocartis, AstraZeneca Expand Lung Cancer Biomarker Study With Master Collaboration Agreement Jul 23, 2019 China's NMPA Extends Approval for Roche Cobas EGFR Mutation Test v2 to Plasma Samples Apr 22, 2019 Researchers Seek Best Approach to Identify Lung Cancer Patients With MET-Based Resistance Premium Dec 13, 2018 Guardant Health to Develop Blood-Based CDx for AstraZeneca Drugs Breaking News Children With Autism May Have Underdeveloped Gut Microbiomes, Metagenomic Analysis Finds Kiromic BioPharma Acquires InSilico Solutions Bio-Rad Laboratories, 10x Genomics Settle IP Lawsuits, Sign Global Cross-Licensing Agreement Scope Fluidics Obtains CE Mark for PCR-Based SARS-CoV-2 Panel MeMed COVID-19 Prognostic Test Receives CE Mark ERS Genomics Licenses CRISPR IP to Japan SLC The Scan Dropped Charges The US Justice Department has dropped visa fraud charges against five Chinese researchers, according to the Wall Street Journal. More Kids The Associated Press says Moderna is expanding its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine study to included additional children and may include even younger children. PNAS Papers on Rat Clues to Human Migration, Thyroid Cancer, PolyG-DS In PNAS this week: ancient rat genome analysis gives hints to human migrations, WDR77 gene mutations in thyroid cancer, and more. Purnell Choppin Dies Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.