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Flatiron Health was formed to exploit a previously untapped source of real-world data on the treatment and clinical outcomes of cancer patients. The company is now working with most of the major players in the oncology sector as well as with the FDA to maximize the benefits of such data analytics.
The CTG Catapult aims to capture the commercial potential of the UK's cell and gene therapy research. To that end, it has constructed a GMP-compliant manufacturing facility in Stevenage.
If cell therapies are to realize their full potential, manufacturing procedures need to be in place to ensure their safety, potency and consistency at an economically sustainable cost. We aren't there yet, according to a panel at the Alliance for Regenerative Medicine's European Investor Day in London.
In May 2016, results from StemCell Inc.’s Phase II study of its only product still in development, a preparation of human neural stem cells for the treatment of chronic spinal cord injuries, suggested that there was little chance of the product ever becoming a commercial success. The company’s stock plummeted 80% overnight. Then, in August, when all appeared to be lost, StemCells announced that it was entering a strategic merger agreement with the Israeli company Microbot Medical Ltd., which researches and develops micro-robotic assisted medical technologies.
Liquid biopsies – carrying out diagnostic tests on liquid samples such as blood or urine rather than on tissue biopsy material – look set to revolutionize the management of cancer patients. This area has recently captured the interest of a growing number of diagnostic players, both big and small, and spawned the development of different approaches to liquid biopsy. This article marks out who's who in this increasingly busy landscape and the key technologies that are showing promise, and looks at the obstacles that companies are facing.
Singulex originally developed its Single Molecule Counting technology for research applications, but it is poised to launch a clinical diagnostics tool that incorporates the highly sensitive technology.