NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Lab21 today announced an agreement with IntegraGen to develop a microRNA-based assay to identify colorectal cancer patients who may best respond to EGFR-inhibitor therapy.

Lab21 will develop an assay based on its SPARQ PCR technology to detect the expression levels of a miRNA biomarker called hsa-mir-31-3p. IntegraGen and its academic partners discovered and patented the biomarker, which has shown an ability to predict EGFR-inhibitor response in KRAS wild-type patients with metastatic colorectal cancer.

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