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The decision is the first ever biomarker qualification decision by Japan's PMDA and means that the biomarkers are now qualified at the same level by all of the regulatory agencies comprising the ICH, including FDA and EMEA.

An FDA official said that the agency has formalized the "progressive" biomarker qualification process described in the paper and will be releasing a draft guidance detailing the formal steps of the process this July.

When Vectibix received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration in 2006, "Amgen already knew the response rate was low," according to an Amgen official. The company began collecting patient tissue samples from mid-2005 to early 2007, knowing it would "need those samples for a biomarker analysis."

NPR says the explosion and fire earlier this week at a Russian lab that stores dangerous pathogens revives the question of whether such samples should be kept.

According to Wired, Nebula Genomics is providing a way for people to get their genomes sequenced anonymously.

A 26-year-old woman tells Cosmopolitan about learning her APOE status at a young age.

In Science journals this week: a functional genomic screen uncovers drug combination that increases KRAS inhibitor efficacy in aggressive lung cancer, and more.