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Illumina makes moves in China with Burning Rock cancer Dx deal

Illumina is joining forces with China's Burning Rock to create cancer diagnostics geared toward the Chinese market, combining its sequencing prowess with Burning Rock's research know-how to increase its footprint in the country.

R-Biopharm to develop companion diagnostic for Apogenix's cancer candidate

R-Biopharm will develop a companion diagnostic for Apogenix's lead anticancer candidate under an agreement the two just signed.

Pfizer opens Center of Excellence in Precision Medicine in Chile

Pfizer debuted its Center of Excellence in Precision Medicine in Santiago, Chile, last week, bulking up in Latin America, not exactly a hot spot for pharma industry R&D.

Protein offers a new target for controlling tumor growth

A protein called PACS-2 plays a big role in transporting the enzyme ADAM17 into patient cells, making this an appealing target for cancer drug developers, according to a team at the University of Copenhagen.

FDA approves Roche's companion diagnostic for Pfizer's non-small cell lung cancer med

Roche's Ventana Medical Systems has just received FDA approval of its Ventana ALK (DF53) as a companion diagnostic for Pfizer's Xalkori to treat non-small cell lung cancer.

NEA joins Polaris in backing XTuit's cancer/fibrosis pipeline with $22M A round

After spending the last four years germinating an idea for a new biotech company with some top scientists, the partners at Polaris have allied with New Enterprise Associates and a trio of biotech investors to launch XTuit, jumping out of stealth mode with a $22 million A round and a new take on fighting cancer and liver disease.

Researchers find another genetic biomarker for response to oncology drugs like Keytruda

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University found that they could predict response to Roche's cancer-fighting checkpoint inhibitor Keytruda by checking their tumors for defects in mismatch repair genes.

U.K. researchers say earlier diagnoses of bladder cancer needed, especially among women

Women generally fare better than men after picking up cancer, but research presented at the Cancer Outcomes Conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland, found that the reverse is true among sufferers of bladder cancer. The information has informed a U.K. public advertising campaign to raise awareness of the disease.

Myriad touts data about multigene cancer panel, companion diagnostic at ASCO

Myriad Genetics presented data in support of its multigene myRisk heredity cancer panel and myChoice HRD companion diagnostic test at the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting, as it scrambles to diversify revenue sources in the face of fierce competition butting heads with its flagship BRACAnalysis test for the infamous BRCA mutation.

Merck joins up with NanoString to find genes that predict response to Keytruda

Merck announced that it will deploy NanoString Technologies' nCounter Analysis System as it searches for more genes that predict response to its checkpoint inhibiting cancer drug Keytruda.