QIAGEN N.V. (NASDAQ: QGEN; Frankfurt Prime Standard: QIA) recently announced introduction of its unique RNA-seq Explorer Solution, a bioinformatics-driven approach to analysis and interpretation of “omics” data from liquid biopsy-based research. RNA-seq Explorer Solution is a new tool which integrates Ingenuity® Pathway Analysis™, Biomedical Genomics Workbench® and other QIAGEN bioinformatics solutions to generate clear insights for research into improved detection, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. The solution will be demonstrated at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting in New Orleans.
Frost & Sullivan Commends Oxford BioDynamics for Developing a Novel Biomarker Discovery Platform, EpiSwitch
Based on its recent analysis of the biomarker discovery technology market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Oxford BioDynamics Limited (OBD) with the 2015 European Frost & Sullivan Award for Technology Innovation. OBD’s novel biomarker discovery platform, EpiSwitch™, accelerates the discovery rate of biomarkers to facilitate a higher and more robust output of diagnostic and prognostic tests for pharmaceutical companies and therefore more effective patient care. The EpiSwitch™ finds application across a range of disease groups, including cancer, inflammatory, metabolic and neurodegenerative diseases.
VolitionRx Limited (NYSE MKT: VNRX) recently announced CE marking for two blood-based diagnostic assays for the detection of colorectal cancer. The biomarker assays, NuQ®V001 and NuQ®T003, identify and analyze fragments of chromosomes, called nucleosomes, circulating within the blood for the presence of cancer signatures.
NX Prenatal Premature Birth Biomarker Study Published in Prestigious American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
NX Prenatal, Inc. recently announced that the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (“AJOG”) published a manuscript entitled, “Evaluation of proteomic biomarkers associated with circulating microparticles as an effective means to stratify the risk of spontaneous preterm birth,” from a clinical study evaluating blood-based biomarkers in pregnant mothers. In the study, candidate biomarker panels comprised of exosome-associated proteins evaluated at week 10-12 of gestation were shown to effectively differentiate groups women who go on to deliver spontaneously at less than 34 weeks versus term delivering controls (≥ 37 weeks).
During the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) in Chicago, a researcher from the Montreal Heart Institute (MHI) presented the results of a phase II clinical study demonstrating the safety of the PulmoBind biomarker and the ability of the PulmoBind tomography (SPECT) scan to clearly show abnormal results in patients with pulmonary hypertension.