Despite initial promise, NGS-based MRD detection has not been broadly adopted, but improvements in technology and more clinical utility data may change that.
The firm's nanotechnology-enabled, AI-based, machine learning tool identifies biomarkers in blood samples and produces results in 10 to 30 seconds.
The researchers have prospectively validated a disposable cartridge-based microfluidic assay by obtaining results using fine-needle aspirates in 40 patients.
The group now plans to run the 32-gene panel in clinical trials to demonstrate its utility and make the case for offering it within Canada's healthcare system.
The two companies are entering a partnership to introduce diagnostic tests using NanoString's nCounter technology in Japan, beginning with a lymphoma assay.
Having demonstrated their ATR-FTIR technique in mice, the researchers are moving to human samples and they plan to be in clinical trials in around two years.
The companion diagnostic will leverage ArcherDx's Anchored Multiplex PCR technology, Illumina's MiSdqDx sequencer, and Archer Analysis bioinformatics software.
The firm said that entry into the market is a logical progression based on its existing position and strength in hematology, an adjacent segment.
The firm recently announced that it is developing a new range of clinical flow systems that it expects to launch over the next five years.
The test, the agency said, is the first authorized by it for use with flow cytometry to detect leukemias and lymphomas.