Molika Ashford covers personalized medicine and molecular diagnostics for GenomeWeb.
Clonal hematopoiesis variants appear to outnumber tumor mutations in the plasma of most cancer patients, the investigators found in their study.
Investigators compared expression in different men across the genes from three commercial panels, arguing that the findings highlight important unknowns.
In a survey conducted by an association working group, 40 percent of respondents said they are already offering TMB, with most others planning to do the same within the year.
The data add to growing evidence supporting the use of HER2 therapy across solid tumors, though researchers find a difficult path to a tissue-agnostic approval.
Negative results in recent trials have highlighted the challenges that newer genomic test makers must overcome in proving methods for personalized CUP treatment.
LaVallee discussed barriers the field of immuno-oncology faces and the broad landscape of strategies being pursued to overcome them.
The company has collected initial evidence for an algorithmic method to predict immunotherapy response, and is studying its technology in treatment monitoring.
The firm hopes to return fewer VUS in its test reports and to accelerate the resolution of uncertain results issued to patients in that past.
The company said it has seen progress in efforts to get FDA approval for its tissue and liquid biopsy tests as data continues to accumulate for pan-cancer utility.
Pfizer expects its own trial of talazoparib for this new indication to wrap up in 2021, ideally recapitulating the positive results seen in this smaller group.