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Astellas, Daiichi Sankyo, and Takeda Announce Research Collaboration on Establishing Biomarker Database on Healthy Adults

Astellas Pharma Inc. (President and CEO: Yoshihiko Hatanaka; Headquarters: Tokyo; TSE: 4503; “Astellas”), Daiichi Sankyo Company, Limited (President and CEO: Joji Nakayama; Headquarters: Tokyo; TSE: 4568; “Daiichi Sankyo”), and Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (President and CEO: Christophe Weber; Headquarters: Osaka; TSE: 4502; “Takeda”) recently announced that they have entered into a joint research agreement. It is an agreement to comprehensively acquire and analyze fundamental biomarker*1 data on healthy adult volunteers in order to optimize and accelerate the development of innovative medicines.

LabCorp Announces the Launch of the Epi proColon Test for Colorectal Cancer Screening

Laboratory Corporation of America® Holdings (LabCorp®) (NYSE: LH) today announced the launch of Epi proColon®, a blood-based test for colorectal cancer screening that was approved on April 13, 2016 for clinical use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Epi proColon® is the first FDA-approved DNA based blood test for colorectal cancer. The test was developed by Epigenomics AG (Frankfurt Prime Standard: ECX, OTCQX: EPGNY) and is available under a joint commercialization agreement with Polymedco, Inc. in North America. LabCorp, the world’s leading healthcare diagnostics company, is the first laboratory in the U.S. to offer this FDA-approved, blood-based colorectal cancer screening test.

QIAGEN Launches Streamlined Bioinformatics for RNA Sequencing of Liquid Biopsies

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 Announces CE Marks for Two NuQ Blood Assays for Detection of Colorectal Cancer

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.