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EGFR Biomarkers

News and reporting on EGFR biomarkers.

Roche's Cobas EGFR v2 mutation test will be able to identify advanced NSCLC patients with EGFR mutations who are likely to benefit from the next-generation treatment.

Non-small cell lung cancer patients with EGFR mutations now have three treatment choices, and AstraZeneca is working on newer personalized treatment options.

The raise is an extension of a $27 million Series B round in early 2014 to prepare for the launch of several liquid biopsy cancer tests this year. 

Data presented at the meeting helped better define the potential benefits and risks of broad panel-based tests for hereditary cancer genes.

Poor patient health, tumor histology, insufficient tissue samples, and long turnaround times are some reasons doctors gave for not using EGFR status to determine care.

The results also suggest the cfDNA assay has high sensitivity and 100 percent specificity, comparable to other technologies being developed for liquid biopsy testing.

Clovis hopes Sysmex's BEAMing test will work better than FFPE tests to identify candidates for treatment with rociletinib, its investigational EGFR inhibitor.

The investment bank said that expected launches within the next two years for quantitative assays would bring Trovagene into larger and more profitable markets.

The clinical collaboration will evaluate Trovagene's technology in clinical studies for detecting genetic mutations associated with targeted drug resistance.

As AstraZeneca takes steps to reintroduce the EGFR-targeted NSCLC drug in the US, Qiagen will develop a tissue-based molecular CDx to accompany the launch.

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Politico notes that the Biden Administration has not yet nominated a permanent Food and Drug Administration commissioner. 

Anthony Fauci also informed the World Health Organization executive board that the US would be joining the COVAX initiative, according to CNBC.

A new preprint suggests some SARS-CoV-2 variants could affect the effectiveness of current vaccines, the Associated Press reports.

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