organ transplant

The company outlined its plans to launch a kidney transplant rejection test that is based on cell-free DNA in 2019 and described its progress in breast cancer research.

The firm said momentum from the launch of its kidney transplant test Allosure drove the overall revenue increase.

CareDx has paid Illumina a $5 million initial payment and will pay royalties in the mid-single to low-double digits on sales of future commercialized products.

The firm says its Olerup QType test is available on both Roche and Applied Biosystems platforms.

The company said it had a large uptick in testing revenues during the quarter, including for its AlloSure kidney transplant test, which was launched in October.

Milwaukee, Wis.-based TAI Diagnostics is developing a PCR-based assay for cell-free DNA as a way to monitor the health of transplanted organs.

The firm said it expects fourth quarter revenues of $12.3 million to $12.5 million, a year-over-year increase of 13 percent to 15 percent.

Though revenues from its non-invasive heart transplant rejection test AlloMap fell about 5 percent, CareDx is already being reimbursed by Medicare for its new AlloSure test.

At the recent IDWeek conference, company collaborators presented early validation data on a blood-based assay for cell-free microbial DNA.

The firm's CEO said that its assay is applicable in other indications where immunosuppressive therapies are used, such as rheumatoid arthritis.

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