NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Biocartis today announced it is developing a workflow for extracting, amplifying, and detecting tumor DNA on its diagnostic platforms in collaboration with the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and Philips Research.

The test, the Swiss molecular diagnostics firm said, could lead to better clinical care and improved quality of life for patients by enabling drugs to be targeted specifically to those patients who demonstrate meaningful response to the drugs.

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