The company will collaborate the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, Institut Gustave Roussy in France, and the University Health Network in Toronto, Canada.
Qiagen's test is intended to identify advanced bladder cancer patients with alterations in FGFR3 or FGFR2 genes and who are likely to respond to erdafitinib.
Clinical researchers at AACR discussed a wide range of approaches focusing on several different potential use-cases in the detection or assessment of early cancers.
The company is seeking NY State approval for its lab, which would allow it to offer both tests as LDTs, hopefully by the end of this year or early next.
In urothelial cancer, the presence of a gene signature stemming from stromal cells seemed to interfere with anti-PD-1 drug response in tumors with infiltrating T-cells.
The Ventana PD-L1 assay was approved as a complementary diagnostic for bladder cancer patients being considered for treatment with the immunotherapy Imfinzi.