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  • Five companies to watch in the liquid biopsy field

    Liquid biopsy tests are gaining traction within the industry as a viable alternative to traditional screening methods for cancer. A recent report by financial services firm Cowen & Co. said annual sales for the tools could surpass $10 billion, and study results are also turning up positive data in favor of the tests. Read more >>

LabCorp rides direct-to-consumer wave with online testing services

Amid increased demand for rapid at-home tests, LabCorp is planning to offer its products directly to consumers online without a doctor's order.

VisualDx sees big future for mobile diagnostic tool

Point-of-care diagnostics are picking up steam in the industry, with companies rolling out mobile platforms and smartphone apps that can quickly identify diseases. VisualDx is taking a different approach, offering a quick diagnostic tool that uses images rather than text to help physicians screen for certain conditions.

Focus Diagnostics gets FDA nod for rapid strep test

Quest Diagnostics' Focus Diagnostics unit snagged an FDA OK for its quick strep test, a notch in the Quest's belt as it looks to revive sluggish sales and generate some upward momentum.

Roche's Ventana strikes companion diagnostic deal with Astellas Pharma

Roche's Ventana Medical Systems announced a companion diagnostic agreement centered around Astellas Pharma's cancer fighting ASP5878.

GE and Veracyte team up for disease diagnostic research collaboration

GE and Veracyte are teaming up for a research collaboration aimed at developing new tools for disease diagnosis. Neither side is revealing financial details, but San Francisco, CA-based Veracyte plans to combine its genomic technology with GE Healthcare's digital imaging technology to identify features from raw imaging data that could provide new diagnostic information.

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