VolitionRx Limited (NYSE MKT: VNRX), a life sciences company focused on developing blood-based diagnostic tests for a broad range of cancer types and other conditions, recently announced that it has initiated a pilot study to assess the feasibility of VolitionRx’s proprietary NuQ® assays in detecting prostate cancer. The study is in collaboration with ImmuneHealth, a global biomarker contract research organization (CRO), and is taking place in Belgium.
Bayer HealthCare to Collaborate with Sysmex Inostics GmbH to Develop Blood-based Companion Diagnostic Tests in Oncology
Bayer HealthCare has entered into a master collaboration agreement with the diagnostic company Sysmex Inostics GmbH for the development of companion diagnostics for targeted cancer therapies. The innovative blood-based companion diagnostic solutions offered by Sysmex Inostics will complement anti-cancer agents developed by Bayer.
The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the College of American Pathologists (CAP) recently issued a joint, updated guideline aimed at improving the accuracy and reporting of human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) testing in patients with invasive breast cancer. The guideline update is based on a systematic review of medical research literature, providing oncologists and pathologists with detailed recommendations for how to test for HER2 overexpression, interpret the results, and recommend HER2-targeted therapies. The guideline, originally issued in 2007, is being published in ASCO’s Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO) and the CAP’s Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine. The joint guideline was prepared by an ASCO/CAP Update Committee consisting of experts in breast cancer and cancer biomarkers.
Caris Life Sciences Launches Significant Enhancements to Industry-leading Cancer Tumor Profiling Service
Caris Life Sciences®, a leading biosciences company focused on fulfilling the promise of personalized medicine, recently launched significant enhancements to its Molecular Intelligence™ tumor profiling service. These enhancements include significant updates to MI Portal™, the company’s online physician resource, a streamlined molecular profiling panel structure and the addition of two biomarkers.