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News and reporting on EGFR biomarkers.
Qiagen's test detects the most frequently occurring somatic mutations in EGFR in less than four hours using real-time PCR on the Rotor-Gene Q platform.
The firms will begin a prospective lung cancer study using Biocartis' Idylla EGFR mutation test in European countries, including Belgium, France, Germany, and Italy.
Researchers separately found that the assay had high concordance with other techniques in cancers including colorectal and endometrial carcinomas.
The assay can identify KRAS, NRAS, PIK3CA, BRAF, and EGFR gene mutations, as well as 19 gene rearrangements of the ALK, ROS1, RET, NTRK1, and MET genes from FFPE.
During the meeting, researchers presented studies on combination immunotherapies and the efficacy of giving molecularly-informed treatments earlier in the disease continuum.
The new approval will allow the use of Qiagen's Therascreen EGFR RGQ PCR Kit as a companion diagnostic for Pfizer's Vizimpro in NSCLC patients.
The approval includes the use of either tumor tissue or plasma and follows previous approvals with Genentech's Tarceva (erlotinib) and AstraZeneca's Tagrisso (osimertinib).
Genome and RNA sequencing led to recurrent EGFR and BRAF rearrangements in cryptogenic congenital mesoblastic nephroma and infantile fibrosarcoma soft tumors.
The FDA approved its use with tissue or plasma biopsies, giving clinicians a non-invasive option to conduct a test that provides results in a day.
The company has highlighted the study as evidence that its test would outperform Roche's FDA-approved liquid biopsy assay if implemented in the clinic.