MOUNTAIN VIEW, California (GenomeWeb) – Free from political pressures, Robert Califf, who on Jan. 20 stepped down as US Food and Drug Administration commissioner, candidly spoke at a conference yesterday about the need for greater oversight of laboratory-developed tests.

While a swathe of the lab industry would disagree, investors and drugmakers at the Personalized Medicine World Conference (PMWC) conceded that regulation isn't always a negative, and has, for example, spurred greater use of biomarkers in drug development to improve understanding of disease biology.

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