FLT3

The firm's LeukoStrat CDx FLT3 Mutation Assay detects internal tandem duplications and tyrosine kinase domain mutations in patients with acute myeloid leukemia.

Sophia Genetics has received a CE-IVD mark for a sequencing-based test that, combined with data analytics, is meant to improve detection of leukemia.

The test is intended to detect FLT3 mutations in order to select patients for treatment with Novartis' Rydapt, and has also been approved by the US FDA.

The agency approved Novartis' Rydapt for AML patients with FLT3 mutations, who will be identified by Invivoscribe's LeukoStrat CDx.

The two companies are expanding a long-term collaboration to include development and commercialization of assays for the Applied Biosystems 3500Dx system.

The company is focusing on hematological malignancies and looking to partner with pharmaceutical companies for companion diagnostics.

The 95-gene test is for detecting leukemia, myelodysplastic syndromes, and myeloproliferative disorders and can return results in less than one week.

Invivoscribe and Novartis plan to develop an FDA-approved companion test for the investigational AML drug midostaurin and simultaneously launch the drug/test combination worldwide.

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.