Foundation Medicine to launch liquid biopsy companion diagnostic following FDA approval

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A company whose acquisition by Roche was completed two years ago has become the second to win a Food and Drug Administration approval for a companion diagnostic test using liquid biopsy.

Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Foundation Medicine said Wednesday that the FDA had approved its FoundationOne Liquid CDx, which becomes available commercially Friday. The test is designed to analyze more than 300 genes and genomic signatures in solid cancers, and its approval includes companion diagnostic claims for Clovis Oncology’s Rubraca (rucaparib), a PARP inhibitor for ovarian and prostate cancers, and three EGFR inhibitors for first-line treatment of non-small cell lung cancer.

Where traditional tissue biopsy is a painful and cumbersome process that consists of taking tissue samples directly from a tumor so that they can be tested for genetic biomarkers that may enable the use of targeted therapy, liquid biopsy enables the same to be done through a blood sample, particularly for

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Temecula Dentist Reaches Out During Pandemic: Local Hero

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a person posing for the camera: Dr. Hangin Cho

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Dr. Hangin Cho

TEMECULA, CA — When times are tough, heroes emerge. We all know someone who’s making a difference right now as we live through unprecedented and changing times.

Here at Patch, we’ve launched an initiative to help recognize these heroes making a difference in their communities. Together with Ring, we’re working to let all your neighbors know about these outstanding people and their stories.

This submission comes from Wendy who nominated Dr. Hangin Cho:

Name: Hangin Cho, DDS

Home town: Temecula

Hero’s job: Health Care

Relationship to nominee: I work for him.

Reason for recognition: Dr. Cho made sure that all emergency patients seen in our office during COVID-19 had a face mask to take home as well as a bottle of sanitizer. He even had me take N95 equivalent masks to local dental offices, to make sure they would be able to operate.


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