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NEW YORK ─ Molecular diagnostics firm Immunexpress said Tuesday that it has been awarded a grant of up to $599,549 by the US Department of Health and Human Services Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) to develop its host response sepsis test, SeptiCyte Rapid, as a triage tool to help identify SARS-CoV-2 patients with an elevated risk for viral or secondary bacterial sepsis.

SeptiCyte Rapid is a gene expression assay that uses reverse-transcription PCR to quantify the relative expression levels of host response genes isolated from whole blood.

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The US Food and Drug Administration is to announce stricter standards for emergency authorizations of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, reports the Washington Post.

The Associated Press reports Johnson & Johnson is starting a late-stage clinical trial of its candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Bloomberg reports the budget of Operation Warp Speed is actually $18 billion, higher than the number typically cited.

In Genome Research this week: genomic analysis reveals role of super-spreaders in SARS-CoV-2, epigenetic drivers of cancer, and more.

Oct
08
Sponsored by
Genecentric

This webinar, Part 3 of the “Advances in RNA-based Biomarker Development for Precision Oncology” webinar series sponsored by GeneCentric Therapeutics, will discuss novel and emerging applications of RNA-based genomic analysis in precision oncology, form characterizing the tumor microenvironment to informing the development of immuno-oncology treatments.

Oct
09
Sponsored by
PerkinElmer

As cases of COVID-19 continued to grow this spring and summer in the US, so too did the number of Emergency Use Authorizations from the FDA for clinical diagnostic tests aimed at detecting current and past infections.