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Citing the FDA's handling of KRAS testing for anti-EGFR monoclonal antibodies, the report asserts that in the near term complex genetic tests such as Oncotype DX should be "performed through CLIA labs, and not held up by slow regulatory processes."

Several of the company's microarray-based tests have been certified in China and Europe.

Regeneron Inks mAb Pact with UT-Southwestern; Mount Sinai taps DiscoveryBioMed for bioassay services; Repligen licenses bipolar disorder Rx from Harvard's McLean, and more …

As part of the deal, Merck will pay Xencor a $3 million upfront license fee, make an additional payment if it selects an Xtend variant, and pay clinical development milestones and royalties on product sales.

Genomics vs. Cancer

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Recent advances in the battle against cancer have come from sequencing, microRNAs, barcode arrays, disease stratification, pathway analysis, and more.

NKT licensed the IP from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Massachusetts General Hospital. As a result, each of the Harvard Med-affiliated institutes has been awarded an undisclosed equity stake in the company.

The decision, part of the state's 2010 budget, will allow life-sci shops in FY2011 to determine the percentage of corporate income taxes they owe the state based solely on sales, rather than combining sales with payroll and owned property.

Industry Briefs : Mar 12, 2009

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Gentel, Eprogen, Novozymes, Proteome Sciences, Pepsca, Advanced Proteome Therapeutics, AnaSpec

In opening its new translational research lab, Mass General claims to be "the first and only cancer center" to attempt to molecularly profile all cancer patients that present to the facility.

StemCells plans to invest in Stem Cell Sciences' operational facilities in Cambridge, UK, in order to provide cell-based assay services to the drug discovery industry there, according to SCS' CEO.

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The editorial board of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says other lawmakers should take Florida's approach and provide additional protections against genetic discrimination.

The Hill reports 17 states and the District of Columbia are suing over a new policy that would strip international students of their visas if they only attend classes online.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention employees call on the agency to label racism a public health crisis and examine its own policies, NPR reports.

In PNAS this week: genetic evidence for Inca resettlement, analysis of spermatogonial stem cell transcriptomes, and more.