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The Cancer Biomarker Conundrum: Too Many False Discoveries

The boom in cancer biomarker investments over the past 25 years has not translated into major clinical success. The reasons for biomarker failures include problems with study design and interpretation, as well as statistical deficiencies, according to an article published online August 12 in The Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Pathwork Diagnostics Partners with Leading Pharmaceutical Company to Discover Molecular Diagnostics for Cancer

Pathwork Diagnostics Inc., a molecular diagnostics company focused on oncology, today announced that it has entered into a research collaboration with Novartis. The parties intend to discover clinically meaningful biomarker signatures that can serve as the basis for diagnostics across a range of cancer types. Under the terms of the agreement, both parties have rights to develop and commercialize the diagnostic products. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Pacific Biomarkers Launches New Website

Pacific Biomarkers, Inc., a provider of biomarker laboratory services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and diagnostics industries, unveiled its new website on Friday, July 23. The site, www.PacBio.com, incorporates numerous features to make browsing a more fruitful experience for the Company’s current and potential customers and investors.

CWRU Dental Researchers Discover Human Beta Defensins-3 Ignite in Oral Cancer Growth

Detecting oral cancer in its earliest stages can save the lives of the nearly 40,500 people diagnosed annually. But early detection has been difficult.

Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine researchers discovered a biomarker, called human beta defensin-3 (hBD-3), which may serve as an early warning. The defensin is present in all oral cancers and associated with the early stages of oral cancer.

Roche Obtains Co-Exclusive License to Develop PCR Assays Detecting Mutations in the PI3K Oncogene

Roche announced today that the company has obtained a worldwide co-exclusive license for the biomarker PI3K (phosphoinositide 3-kinase) from QIAGEN to develop real-time and endpoint PCR diagnostic assays. Johns Hopkins University owns the patent for the PI3K biomarker and has previously granted an exclusive license to QIAGEN’s wholly owned subsidiary DxS, now QIAGEN Manchester. Financial details were not disclosed.