epigenetics

The American Cancer Society today lowered the recommended age for screening patients at average risk for the disease to 45 from 50 years old.

The effort, which relied on Oxford BioDynamics' EpiSwitch platform, resulted in an assay that researchers believe could be developed into a test to guide therapy selection for patients.

The company has contracted with a urologist, who will review customers' requests for tests, and prescribe the firm's epigenetics-based male fertility analysis.

Under the terms of the deal, MDxHealth and QUT will evaluate and develop the test, which will evaluate abnormal DNA methylation changes.

Nova Satra said it will use the EpiSwitch technology to develop and commercialize non-invasive breast cancer testing across 13 territories in Asia.

The company's test measures epigenetic alteration of two genes using Qiagen PCR methods, in order to detect signs of recurrence in colorectal cancer patients post-surgery.

The contract includes a milestone of approval by the Chinese Food and Drug Agency within the next three years.

The Singapore-based molecular diagnostics firm plans to use the funds for regulatory approvals and commercialization of its lead epigenetics-based test for breast cancer. 

The company plans to launch the new qNIPT test, which uses methylation-specific quantitative PCR to detect fetal epigenetic biomarkers, in the near future.