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A biomarker is a biological molecule found in blood, other body fluids, or tissues that is a sign of a normal or abnormal process, or of a condition or disease. A biomarker may be used to see how well the body responds to a treatment for a disease or condition. Also called molecular marker and signature molecule.
New breath test could help diagnose oesophageal and gastric cancer in minutes

New breath test could help diagnose oesophageal and gastric cancer in minutes

Researchers have devised a breath test that can help doctors diagnose the early signs of oesophageal and gastric cancer in minutes. [More]
Hiroshima University researchers study promising biomarker for severity of ARWMCs, endothelial function

Hiroshima University researchers study promising biomarker for severity of ARWMCs, endothelial function

A promising biomarker for the severity of age-related white matter changes (ARWMCs) and endothelial function was evaluated at Hiroshima University, Japan. The relationship between this biomarker, the telomeric 3'-overhang (G-tail) length, and cardiovascular risk in humans is unclear so far. [More]
Roche unveils series of new diagnostic technologies at EuroMedLab

Roche unveils series of new diagnostic technologies at EuroMedLab

Today at the 21st annual meeting of the IFCC-EFLM European Congress of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicines in Paris, France, Roche unveiled a series of new diagnostic technologies. [More]
Scientists identify four melanoma subtypes that share common 'downstream' signaling pathways

Scientists identify four melanoma subtypes that share common 'downstream' signaling pathways

Cutaneous melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, is now believed to be divided into four distinct genomic subtypes, say researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, a finding that could prove valuable in the ever-increasing pursuit of personalized medicine. [More]
Study identifies new biomarkers for prenatal risk assessment

Study identifies new biomarkers for prenatal risk assessment

NX Prenatal Inc., a privately held women's healthcare molecular diagnostic company, announced today that the American Journal of Perinatology has published the results of a blinded, retrospective study of 48 asymptomatic, healthy pregnant women that demonstrates the feasibility of assessing biomarkers associated with blood based microvesicles/exosomes for spontaneous preterm birth (SPTB) risk. [More]
Cryoport to provide cryogenic logistics solutions to support personalized medicine efforts of CaRE Arthritis

Cryoport to provide cryogenic logistics solutions to support personalized medicine efforts of CaRE Arthritis

Cryoport, Inc., the leading provider of advanced cryogenic logistics solutions for the life sciences industry, serving markets including immunotherapies, stem cells, cell lines, clinical research organizations, vaccine manufacturers, animal health, and reproductive medicine, today announced that the Company is the preferred cryogenic logistics provider to CaRE Arthritis. [More]
Scientists identify two new key players involved in development of prostate cancer

Scientists identify two new key players involved in development of prostate cancer

Understanding how a normal healthy cell turns into a cancerous one is our best bet yet for beating the disease. It will help better diagnose the cancer type, and enable the development of more effective, and less toxic therapies. But cells have evolved all sorts of sophisticated ways to become cancerous, and identifying the molecules involved and how they function in each type of cancer is a major undertaking. [More]
OncoSec enrolls first patient in Phase II trial of ImmunoPulse IL-12 for treatment of HNSCC

OncoSec enrolls first patient in Phase II trial of ImmunoPulse IL-12 for treatment of HNSCC

OncoSec Medical Inc., a company developing DNA-based intratumoral cancer immunotherapies, announced today that the company has enrolled the first patient into OMS-I130, a Phase II clinical trial of ImmunoPulse IL-12 in patients with treatment-refractory, metastatic and unresectable squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (HNSCC). [More]
Research explores screening methods, clinical care for patients with Alzheimer's and all forms of dementia

Research explores screening methods, clinical care for patients with Alzheimer's and all forms of dementia

Every 67 seconds someone is the United States develops Alzheimer's disease or some form of dementia. It's the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. and it's the only cause of death in the top 10 in America that cannot be prevented, cured or slowed. This month, as the nation observes "Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month," James E. Galvin, M.D., M.P.H., one of the most prominent neuroscientists in the country, is at the helm of cutting-edge research, screening methods and clinical care for all forms of dementia and cognitive impairments as well as neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease. [More]
VENTANA ALK (D5F3) CDx Assay receives FDA approval

VENTANA ALK (D5F3) CDx Assay receives FDA approval

Ventana Medical Systems, Inc., a member of the Roche Group, today announced approval of the VENTANA ALK (D5F3) CDx Assay by the US Food and Drug Administration as a companion diagnostic to aid in the identification of patients for Pfizer's FDA approved targeted therapy, XALKORI (crizotinib). [More]
Study explores role of ALK1 protein in breast cancer metastasis

Study explores role of ALK1 protein in breast cancer metastasis

Pietras said that although prognosis for breast cancer is relatively good when detected in its early stages, metastatic disease is the cause of 90 percent of all cancer-related deaths. Therefore, learning more about the metastatic process and finding new cures to inhibit disease spread is at the center of clinical attention. [More]
Combination of tosedostat and LDAC results in overall response rate of 54% in elderly patients with AML

Combination of tosedostat and LDAC results in overall response rate of 54% in elderly patients with AML

CTI BioPharma Corp. today announced findings from an investigator-sponsored Phase 2 trial in patients with either primary (de novo) acute myeloid leukemia (AML) or AML that has evolved from myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). Results showed the combination of tosedostat with low dose cytarabine/Ara-C (LDAC) resulted in an overall response rate (ORR) of 54 percent in elderly patients with AML – with 45 percent of patients achieving durable complete responses (CR). [More]
LMU clinicians reveal mechanism involved in determining lifetime of antibody-producing cells

LMU clinicians reveal mechanism involved in determining lifetime of antibody-producing cells

Clinicians at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet in Munich have elucidated a mechanism involved in determining the lifespan of antibody-producing cells, and identified a promising new biomarker for monitoring autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis and lupus erythematosus. [More]
MammaTyper molecular diagnostic test for breast cancer now available in Europe

MammaTyper molecular diagnostic test for breast cancer now available in Europe

BioNTech AG, a fully integrated biotechnology company developing truly personalized cancer immunotherapies and its subsidiary BioNTech Diagnostics GmbH, today announced the launch of MammaTyper, a CE-IVD marked molecular diagnostic test to stratify breast cancer patients by molecular subtyping of routine tumor tissue, for universal use in pathology laboratories. [More]
SQUIRE phase III study shows necitumumab improves median overall survival in squamous NSCLC patients

SQUIRE phase III study shows necitumumab improves median overall survival in squamous NSCLC patients

This week, Lancet Oncology reports results of a 1,093-person phase III clinical trial of the drug necitumumab (IMC-11F8) combined with chemotherapies gemcitabine and cisplatin against stage IV squamous non-small cell lung cancer. With addition of necitumumab, median overall survival was 11.5 months compared with median survival of 9.9 months with the two chemotherapies alone. [More]
BioNTech announces launch of MammaTyper test to improve breast cancer treatment

BioNTech announces launch of MammaTyper test to improve breast cancer treatment

BioNTech AG, a fully integrated biotechnology company developing truly personalized cancer immunotherapies and its subsidiary BioNTech Diagnostics GmbH, today announced the launch of MammaTyper, a CE-IVD marked molecular diagnostic test to stratify breast cancer patients by molecular subtyping of routine tumor tissue, for universal use in pathology laboratories. [More]
Bay Area Lyme Foundation announces winners of 2015 Emerging Leader Award

Bay Area Lyme Foundation announces winners of 2015 Emerging Leader Award

Bay Area Lyme Foundation, the leading national nonprofit funder of innovative Lyme disease research, today announced that the winners of its 2015 Emerging Leader Award, are collaborators Nira Pollock, MD, PhD, and John Branda, MD. [More]
Advanced prostate cancer patients who have AR-V7 gene variant respond to chemotherapy

Advanced prostate cancer patients who have AR-V7 gene variant respond to chemotherapy

In a small clinical trial, scientists at Johns Hopkins' Kimmel Cancer Center and James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute found that men with advanced prostate cancer and detection of androgen receptor splice variant-7 (AR-V7) respond to chemotherapy just as well as men who lack the variant. [More]
Phase II clinical trial of Linsitinib launched in patients with advanced Ewing sarcoma

Phase II clinical trial of Linsitinib launched in patients with advanced Ewing sarcoma

EUROSARC, European Clinical trials in Rare Sarcomas within an integrated translational trial network, has launched a phase II trial of Linsitinib for patients with relapsed and/or refractory Ewing Sarcoma. The trial, EORTC 1225 / OCTO 038, aims to establish pharmacodynamic responses in Ewing sarcoma tumors to Linsitinib using functional imaging and biopsies, and toxicity and clinical outcomes. [More]
Clinical data of Trovagene's Precision Cancer Monitoring platform to be presented at two medical conferences

Clinical data of Trovagene's Precision Cancer Monitoring platform to be presented at two medical conferences

Trovagene, Inc., a developer of cell-free molecular diagnostics, announced today that clinical data featuring its Precision Cancer MonitoringSM platform will be presented at the 2015 Cancer Markers and Liquid Biopsies conference in San Diego, CA on June 11-12, and at the AACR Precision Medicine Series: Integrating Clinical Genomics and Cancer Therapy in Salt Lake City, UT on June 13-16. [More]
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