Recent studies question the clinical utility of tumor mutational burden as a biomarker for immuno-oncology response, and the FDA clearance includes no therapeutic indications.
The approval of its Omics Core assay for tumor-normal mutational profiling opens the door for payor reimbursement, which is key to reaching profitability, NantHealth said.
Though some experts prefer the comprehensive nature of whole-genome sequencing, others find whole-exome sequencing or targeted exome panels to be more useful.
Cancer Moonshot-funded teams are profiling pre-cancers in an effort to establish targeted treatment, detection, and prevention methods that can be applied before cancers form.
Using exome sequencing, the team developed a transgenic model with altered orthologs of nine genes and found a combination of drugs that could act as a cancer treatment option.
With exome sequences from more than 600 metastatic breast tumors, researchers identified genomic alterations related to tumor progression, treatment response, and patient outcomes.
The test relies on a signature that Almac developed for stratifying breast cancer patients, but which, as the researchers showed, can be used in other cancers as well.
Using exome or transcriptome data from more than 400 metastatic, castration-resistant prostate cancer cases, researchers identified survival-related alterations in the RB1 gene.
The firm's "TuMatch" assay integrates patient whole-exome sequencing data and fruit fly models to develop a personalized drug therapy service for cancer patients.
Mismatch repair-deficient tumors with many insertion-deletion mutations and enhanced microsatellite instability responded better to anti-PD-1 immunotherapy.