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Dismissiveness of “Pinktober” Starting Early

| September 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

Last Fall I wrote a couple of posts about the growing disenchantment with ‘Pinkification’ and ‘Pinktober’ referencing the all-out blitz during October to go “Pink” for breast bancer awareness and prevention.  In one of the pieces I mentioned by disenchantment with what happened a number of years ago I saw in clinical practice and last […]

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Danaher to Buy Cepheid for $4 Billion

| September 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

Science, health care and technology conglomerate Danaher Corp. DHR 0.28 % said Tuesday that it would buy molecular-diagnostics company Cepheid Inc. CPHD -0.20 % for $53.00 a share, in its first major acquisition since spinning off a large chunk of its business. The deal marks a 54% premium over Cepheid’s closing share price Friday, valuing […]

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Computers Trounce Pathologists in Predicting Lung Cancer Type, Severity

| August 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

I love headlines such as these. First it was “Pigeons to Replace Pathologists in Diagnosing Benign from Malignant Tumors” now it is actual computer algorithms that get it right more times than and more so than ordinary surgical pathologists! Actually, I hope the pigeons do not get any more accurate but I do think that […]

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Vice President Biden Addresses Attendees at ASCO 2016

| June 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

“This is good news in the fight against cancer. With the launch of this new national resource, anyone can freely access raw genomic and clinical data for 12,000 patients – with more records to follow. Increasing the pool of researchers who can access data and decreasing the time it takes for them to review and […]

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FDA Approves First Liquid Biopsy Test for Use in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

| June 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

Exciting news today from FDA with news of approval of first liquid biopsy test for use in non-small cell lung cancer.  The cobas EGFR test is already approved for use in formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue. This new use is intended for detection of these specific mutations in circulating-free tumor DNA (cfDNA) from plasma for first […]

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Mayo Clinic Awarded Funding to Support World’s Largest Research-Cohort Biobank

| May 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

As part of President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI), the National Institutes of Health will award $142 million over five years to the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, to establish the world’s largest research-cohort biobank for the PMI Cohort Program, a longitudinal research study which aims to enroll 1 million or more U.S. participants to advance precision medicine. […]

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Visit Foundation Medicine at ASCO 2016

| May 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

Foundation Medicine will be exhibiting at Booth #24109 during the meeting with over 20 poster presentations and 2 oral presentations at #ASCO16. No doubt that genomic profiling, immunotherapy and liquid biopsy are going to have a huge presence at ASCO and Foundation Medicine is actively involved bringing patient-centric technologies to market for targeted therapies. Foundation Medicine is […]

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FDA Grants Accelerated Approval to Nivolumab in Classical Hodgkin Lymphoma

| May 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

More interesting news around PD-L1 for use in Classical Hodgkin lymphoma with specific indications as below. Another increasingly common example of companion diagnostics and personalized immunotherapies. On May 17, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted accelerated approval to nivolumab (Opdivo; Bristol-Myers Squibb) for the treatment of patients with classical Hodgkin lymphoma that has […]

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Register Now for Webinar: Pathology Drives Cancer Moonshot Initiative

| April 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

REGISTER NOW! Since the Moonshot hit Congress, how can pathologists and other clinicians play a more significant role in the war on cancer? Changes in the way healthcare is delivered are driving the industry aggressively toward more cost effective, value-based care models. Technology that enables the delivery of medicine in this new paradigm connects healthcare […]

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In Pursuit of Patient-Centered Care

| March 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

Enhancing the patient experience through a patient-centered approach to care is a growing priority for healthcare organizations. The primary objective of patient-centered care is to ensure a continuing relationship between the patient and his or her healthcare team with a focus on prevention and detection, diagnostic accuracy, and team-based, multi-disciplinary information sharing and collaboration. Improving […]

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Cynvenio Announces Availability of Concordia, a New Cell-free DNA Purification Upgrade for its LiquidBiopsy Whole Blood Enrichment Platform

| February 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

Cynvenio Biosystems, Inc., a diagnostics company dedicated to enabling the new era of individualized medicine for all cancer patients, recently announced the availability of the ConcordiaT cell-free DNA (cfDNA) purification sample preparation upgrade for its multi-template analysis LiquidBiopsyR platform. When coupled with Thermo Fisher Scientific’s Ion TorrentT next-generation sequencing (NGS) systems, Cynvenio’s workflow provides a comprehensive molecular characterization of tumor cell […]

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Man on The Moon

| January 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

I don’t usually make political statements on this blog and don’t plan on doing so anytime soon. In fact, I have little interest at the moment and 2-year presidential election cycles and endless coverage of every detail of the professional and personal lives of candidates and elected officials. Having said that, I watched the State […]

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UK NEQAS for Molecular Genetics Selects PathXL Software to Support Molecular Pathology EQA Scheme

| November 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

United Kingdom National External Quality Assessment Service (UK NEQAS) for Molecular Genetics choose PathXL digital pathology software to run a national scheme to assess consistency of tumour analysis for molecular pathology testing, as part of ensuring the high quality standard of Genomics England 100,000 Genome Project. Belfast, Northern Ireland, November 30, 2015 — PathXL are […]

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ASI Partners with ScreenCell to Develop a Novel, Non-Invasive Prenatal Diagnosis Based on Circulating Fetal Cells 

| November 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

Partnership is intended to overcome limitations of existing methods, widening the range of genetic abnormalities that can be screened.  Carlsbad CA, US and Sarcelles, FRANCE – November 4, 2015 – Applied Spectral Imaging (ASI, www.spectral-imaging.com) and ScreenCell announced today that they have entered into a global partnership to develop a procedure enabling genetic analysis of […]

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