Diagnostics In 2015: Past Trends Coalesce, New Roads Open
The introduction of Apple’s ResearchKit is our top story of the year. Mobile apps and the increasing ability to take measurements of vital signs, gather information on habits and collect other phenotypic measures is rapidly changing thinking about clinical trials design.
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No significant trends emerged in diagnostics M&A or financing this past year, which did see the introduction of several government-funded initiatives, elements of which will bolster diagnostics innovation. As in other sectors of health care, the biggest question is how the incoming Trump administration could change US regulatory and funding policies.
Roche's cobas EGFR Mutation Test v2 liquid biopsy test is approved to detect genetic mutations linked to drug response in patients with non-small cell lung cancer treated with Tarceva.
FDA has approved the first liquid biopsy test to detect genetic mutations linked to drug response in patients with non-small cell lung cancer. Roche's cobas EGFR Mutation Test v2 could be a game-changer in helping to diagnose certain NSCLC patients without requiring a tumor biopsy, the agency suggests.