AACR

The company is expecting that existing users from its technology access program are likely to purchase instruments when they become available later this year.

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.

Blood Tubes

Investigators and commercial firms presenting at the recent AACR meeting highlighted how heterogeneous both the technology and the application of liquid biopsy remains.

The company presented three posters at AACR, two of which demonstrated insights from its circulating DNA monitoring in colorectal and bladder cancers.

The American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting wrapped up today in Chicago. Below are selected business briefs from the conference.

In a training subset of the larger cohort, the company was able to develop classifiers that detected many cancers while minimizing false positives.

Presentations largely reflected negatively on the utility of PD-L1 for stratifying response, but pivotal new data on tumor mutational burden as assessed by Foundation Medicine's genomic sequencing panel.

Investigators from several centers outlined tumor features, treatment strategies, and clinical trial classifications coming from tumor-germline clinical sequencing programs.

Conducting studies on Latina and African-American women produces population-specific insights on the genetics of the disease that aren't possible to glean in European-heavy GWAS.

Plenary session Chairwoman Elaine Mardis said the presentations made it clear how great the need is for interdisciplinary science as data becomes ever more complex.

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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.