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Expression Pathology Changes Name to OncoPlex Diagnostics, Plans 2012 Launch of Lung Cancer Test


Clinical proteomics firm Expression Pathology has changed its name to OncoPlex Diagnostics and opened a CLIA laboratory in Rockville, Md.

The company announced last week that by the end of the year it plans to launch a test, run out of its new CLIA facility, for distinguishing adenocarcinoma from squamous cell carcinoma in lung cancer patients.

The test will use formalin-fixed paraffin embedded tissue, making it, according to OncoPlex, the first clinical proteomics test for cancer to do so. The company also said that it plans to introduce additional tests in 2013, including a multiplex breast cancer assay.

OncoPlex uses selected-reaction monitoring mass spec combined with proprietary technology for solubilizing peptides and proteins in FFPE tissue, enabling detection and quantitation of proteins from this widely used sample source.

The Scan

Driving Malaria-Carrying Mosquitoes Down

Researchers from the UK and Italy have tested a gene drive for mosquitoes to limit the spread of malaria, NPR reports.

Office Space to Lab Space

The New York Times writes that some empty office spaces are transforming into lab spaces.

Prion Pause to Investigate

Science reports that a moratorium on prion research has been imposed at French public research institutions.

Genome Research Papers on Gut Microbe Antibiotic Response, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Clues to Metabolism, More

In Genome Research this week: gut microbial response to antibiotic treatment, approach to gauge metabolic features from single-cell RNA sequencing, and more.