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Researchers published the most comprehensive data to date showing that Grail's screening approach can detect and distinguish a significant number of cancers.
Two recent acquisitions have resulted in the swift launch of two assays, one for the clinic and another for research use, as the firm's original test finally nears validation.
The company began offering testing to clinicians in the first quarter of this year and expects volume to grow significantly over the next several months.
If the results are validated, investigators believe the method could help diagnose patients without the need for a needle biopsy and with fewer false positives.
The company believes results from a new study help demonstrate the clinical value of its targeted RNA-seq method, an add-on to its DNA hereditary cancer tests.
A four-year, $5.5 million program will assess whether circulating cell-free DNA testing can improve diagnosis and outcomes for a type of EBV-associated cancer.
The company has overcome one major hurdle and is poised to clear another in the first half of this year, clearing the way for new test development.
The program aims to consent up to 150,000 patients to a larger biobank program and return selective preemptive PGx results through their medical center physicians.
The company plans to make its PRS offering, currently used only in those who test negative for gene mutations, an option for all customers of European ancestry.
Foundation Medicine's ctDNA assay was able to subclassify patients into higher and lower recurrence risk groups with CTCs providing an additional boost.