biomarker-based diagnostics

The funding will go toward bringing the BA100 test to clinicians. The test can identify patients most likely to respond to the standard of care chemotherapy treatment.

Promega would first seek clearance for an assay that detects dMMR in colorectal cancer patients, and could seek a far broader clearance in the long term.

Researchers are working with the Australian Ministry of Health to commercialize a diagnostic test that employs the biomarker and could be available within two to five years.

The firm's Cxbladder Monitor test was shown to have a high negative predictive value compared to other commercially available urine diagnostic tests for bladder cancer.

The Ventana PD-L1 assay was approved as a complementary diagnostic for bladder cancer patients being considered for treatment with the immunotherapy Imfinzi. 

The guidance includes recommendations for extended RAS mutation testing to guide anti-EGFR therapy, as well as updated endorsements for analysis of mismatch repair status.

Single-cell RNA sequencing on thousands of tumor and surrounding cells from 19 melanoma samples revealed subsets of cells with apparent resistance potential.

Looking beyond PD-L1 expression, investigators from several clinical trials considered a range of potential biomarkers for immune checkpoint treatment response.

The company presented its findings last week at the 2016 Gastrointestinal Cancer Symposium and is preparing to launch the assay in the US later this year.

The test could provide an early diagnosis of breast cancer by examining a handful of miRNA, microRNA, and proteomic biomarkers from urine samples. 

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New Mexico is re-doing its proposed science education standards after criticism, the Associated Press reports.

Agbio executives say gene editing will speed up breeding efforts, according to the Wall Street Journal.

La Trobe University's Jenny Graves has won the $250,000 Prime Minister's Prize for Science, the Guardian reports.

In Cell this week: post-treatment changes to melanoma genome, multi-omics analysis of muscle-invasive bladder cancer, and more.