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The team said it will partner with startup Early Diagnostics to commercialize the assay, which integrates DNA methylation analysis and computational technology.

The National Institutes of Health Commercial Accelerator Program helps small healthcare and life science companies bring their products to market.

The funding will help the consortium continue creating and updating PGx guidelines, adding drug-gene pairings, and creating electronic tables that can be integrated within EHRs.

The firm recently announced a $3.15 million grant from the NIH, and it supported work that resulted in the first-ever digital primary diagnosis of a suspected cancer case.

The five-year award will go toward developing a tool that will be based on digitized hematoxylin and eosin (H&E)-stained pathology images alone.

The funding builds on more than $1.7 million already awarded to the firm, which is building a diagnostic for characterizing patients in clinical trials.

The company plans to develop a liquid biopsy assay that can identify patients most likely to benefit from treatment with checkpoint inhibitors.

The NSF and NIH awarded the firm separate grants to develop the system, which can provide results in five minutes from a drop of blood. 

Eric Dishman, Director, All of Us Research Program

NIH has been conservative on the PMI's budget and its funds are sufficient to launch enrollment next year, begin collecting data, and initiate genetic testing pilot projects.

Personalized medicine proponents are uncertain where funding, personnel, and priorities will land in a new administration and Congress.

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