The multi-analyte assay could screen for cancers that currently lack early-stage detection methods, including ovarian, liver, stomach, pancreatic, and esophageal cancers.
Technologies gained one of their first solid footholds in the clinical care of cancer patients with adoption into the treatment paradigm of lung cancer, while researchers turned their eyes to proving utility in other niches.
This is Biocept's third BCBS contract and enables cancer patients to access the company's testing services in network under their Wellmark health plans.
Natera said its liquid biopsy assay Signatera is well suited for the immuno-oncology field, particularly pharmaceutical companies developing personalized vaccines.
The Irving, Texas-based company claims that three of Foundation Medicine's cancer molecular profiling tests infringe five of its US patents.
Researchers at Aarhus will use Natera's liquid biopsy assay to monitor colorectal cancer patients after surgery and chemotherapy.
The PHG Foundation's report calls for raising clinician awareness about ctDNA testing technology in order to improve patient access to targeted therapies.
Natera has entered the oncology space with a ctDNA assay and sees its blood banking service as a way to eventually tap into the consumer genomics space.
The money will fund a new plan to sequence tumor DNA from more than 1 million cancer patients. The firm also announced a new JV in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.
Grail plans to enroll up to 120,000 women who have been screened via mammogram, to train and validate its NGS-based early detection cancer test.