Abbott is teaming up with biotech heavyweight AstraZeneca to develop companion diagnostic tests for the company's investigational asthma therapy, a potentially fruitful alliance as Abbott rides the tailwinds of promising diagnostic sales.
The FDA approved Roche's diagnostic for the KRAS mutation in metastatic colorectal cancer patients, saying it needed to identify those without the mutation, for whom treatment with Eli Lilly's Erbitux or Amgen's Vectibix may be effective.
Execs with Roche's diagnostics arm remain bullish about U.S. growth prospects even as reimbursement cuts place new pressures on the sector overall. An executive with the company anticipates booming demand to the point that price reductions aren't on the table.
Verastem's quest to develop drugs that block cell signaling pathways that cancer stem cells need to survive hits a major milestone in mid-2013, when it launches a 350-patient clinical trial of a potential companion biomarker test for its investigative mesothelioma drug treatment.
Qiagen disclosed it is seeking the FDA's blessing for a lung cancer-drug companion diagnostic, a test designed to screen patients for whom Boehringer Ingelheim's investigational treatment might work.
The companion diagnostic trend continues--and Ventana Medical Systems is involved yet again. This morning, Seattle Genetics and Takeda's Millennium unit announced that they are working with the Roche company on a companion diagnostic test for use in a study involving Adcetris.
Personalized medicine has been a popular topic in medical device and biopharma circles as of late. One company that has long had its eye on this area is Genoptix Medical Laboratory.
Colorectal cancer is a growing disease burden in the U.S., with roughly 140,000 new cases being diagnosed each year, according to the National Cancer Institute. Ann Arbor, MI-based Everist Genomics, which we profiled in our 5 innovative Michigan companies report last year, is looking to combat the disease and allow doctors to find it early enough to help patients.
We've been hearing a lot about companion diagnostics lately--especially as to how they can help save the healthcare system money by identifying those patients who might respond to certain treatments.
Siemens ($SI) is taking a big step into the hot companion diagnostic arena. The company, which makes a wide range of products, has announced separate pacts with ViiV Healthcare and Tocagen related to