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ACD Releases New Generation of RNAscope Products for RNA Biomarker Analysis in FFPE Tissue

Advanced Cell Diagnostics Inc. (ACD), the market leader in tissue-based RNA analysis tools for molecular pathology, has announced the release of its next version RNAscope® in situ hybridization (ISH) assay – RNAscope 2.5.

Reveal Biosciences Becomes The First Certified Preclinical Services Laboratory To Offer Advanced Cell Diagnostics RNAscope In Situ Hybridization Technology

Reveal Biosciences, LLC., a leading preclinical services laboratory for advanced tissue technologies, is pleased to announce the availability of Advanced Cell Diagnostics’ (ACD) RNAscope® in situ hybridization (ISH) technology. With this collaboration, Reveal Biosciences becomes the first ACD Certified RNAscope® Service Provider to bring RNAscope® to researchers in the preclinical space.

ASCO and the CAP Release Updated Guideline on HER2 Testing in Breast Cancer

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.

Definiens and Advanced Cell Diagnostics Launch Software for Quantitative RNA In Situ Hybridization

Definiens AG, a healthcare company that advances personalized medicine through image analysis and digital pathology solutions, and Advanced Cell Diagnostics (ACD) of Hayward California, a leader in molecular pathology, announced recently the commercial launch of RNAscope® SpotStudio™, a custom-designed image analysis software application for ACD’s RNAscope®Assays to detect and quantify RNA biomarkers. By combining state-of-the-art image analysis and advanced in situ hybridization technologies, gene expression can be measured quantitatively at single cell resolution and interpreted by pathologists within context.

Caris Life Sciences ASCO Presentation Highlights the Utility of Molecular Profiling for the Management of Rare and Aggressive Cancers

Caris Life Sciences™, a leading biosciences company focused on fulfilling the promise of personalized medicine, presented findings yesterday at the 2013 ASCO annual meeting from the analysis of its Caris Molecular Intelligence™ database. This database examined the results of molecular profiling of both common and rare cancer types for the identification of potentially clinically actionable targets.

For the purposes of this study, 42,000 patient tumors were analyzed in total, covering 150 histological subtypes received from more than 6,400 physicians worldwide. Furthermore, 14,700 of these cases, or 35 percent of the tumors profiled, are typically categorized as “rare” tumors, a patient segment that is typically underserved by current guidelines and where molecular profiling has the potential to significantly impact patient care.

Breaking the data down by tumor type, these findings included profiling the following tumor types:

  • 6,000-plus Ovarian cancers
  • 5,000-plus Breast cancers
  • 6,000-plus Non-small-cell lung cancers
  • 5,000-plus Colorectal cancers
  • 2,000-plus Pancreatic cancers
  • 14,000-plus Rare cancers

Caris has remained technology-agnostic in its approach to tumor profiling, employing a wide range of profiling technologies to uncover a broad array of key biomarkers, based upon review of the latest clinical literature showing correlations to known therapies. Technologies utilized for this comprehensive database included mutational analysis by Sanger Sequencing, Next-Generation Sequencing, Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), Gene Copy Number alterations and translocations by Fluorescent In Situ Hybridization/Chromogenic In Situ Hybridization (FISH/CISH), Methylation analysis, and protein expression by immunohistochemistry (IHC).

“To date, Caris has profiled nearly 50,000 patients, which is the largest and most comprehensive collection of biomarker profiles in the industry today,” said Zoran Gatalica , M.D., DSc, Executive Medical Director at Caris Life Sciences, and a lead researcher in this study. “This study provided critical insights into the distribution of common and rare genetic and protein alterations, with direct and potential treatment implications. Our multi-technology approach to tumor profiling has been critical to building this extensive database, as it provides the most meaningful biomarker analysis and thorough interrogation of the cancer pathways.”

Daniel Von Hoff , M.D., FACP, of the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) in Phoenix, Ariz., presented results from its study, Integrating Molecular Profiling Into Cancer Treatment Decision Making: Experience With Over 35,000 Cases, at this year’s ASCO annual meeting.

“Because of the size and depth of this database, these data points hold significant potential to detect rare molecular aberrations and biomarker targets in patients with common or rare cancers,” said Dr. Von Hoff , Physician in Chief and Director of Translational Research at TGen; Professor of Medicine at both Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale and the University of Arizona College of Medicine; and Chief Scientific Officer at Scottsdale Healthcare and US Oncology. “The developmental and potential clinical applicability and relevance of tumor profiling is particularly compelling in cases of rare or resistant tumors, where treatment guidelines are more limited and current clinical trial data is often insufficient.” Dr. Von Hoff’s presentation was held Sunday, June 2, 2013, at 8:15 a.m. at E-354 B.

Source: PR Newswire