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New Biomarker Allows Better Prediction of Survival for Patients with Colorectal Metastases

Liver metastases are formed from cancer cells that have originated in other organs and migrated to the liver via the bloodstream. Colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon/rectum) can be successfully treated by surgical resection of the metastases in combination with chemotherapy. In collaboration with the University of Southern California (USA), a MedUni Vienna research team has now identified a new biomarker that allows better prediction of survival following surgical removal of the metastases, as well as a change in the clinical significance of the biomarker following chemotherapy.

Biocartis and Amgen Sign a RAS Biomarker Testing Collaboration in Europe

Biocartis Group NV (‘Biocartis’), an innovative molecular diagnostics company (Euronext Brussels: BCART), recently announced the signing of a new collaboration agreement with Amgen, a leading biotechnology company. The new agreement, which builds on the existing collaboration between both companies announced on 3 February 20161, aims at accelerating access to RAS biomarker information in up to 10 European countries.

Novigenix Publishes Multi-center Study of Colox in Clinical Cancer Research

Novigenix SA recently announced the publication of a clinical validation study of Colox in the highly ranked journal Clinical Cancer Research. Colox is a blood test based on a 29-gene host immune response panel in combination with tumor biomarkers for the early detection of colorectal cancer (CRC).

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.

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.