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With New Blood Test, Roche Dives Deeper Into Personal Cancer Care

(Reuters) Sept 24, 2018 - Swiss drugmaker Roche upped its bet on personalized cancer treatment on Monday, saying it is now ready to sell a blood test around the world that can identify common gene mutations from solid tumors from a patient’s blood. The blood test, called FoundationOne Liquid, is among initial products to emerge from Foundation Medicine after Roche spent $2.4 billion on the U.S.-based genetic profiling company this year on the conviction that future cancer treatment will be tailored to individual characteristics of a patient’s tumor. Foundation’s new blood test can identify circulating tumor DNA as 70 of the most commonly mutated genes in solid tumors, Roche said, including features which may help identify patients most likely to benefit from cancer immunotherapy.

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Winston Wong, PharmD (Posted: October 15, 2018)

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From a payer perspective, I do not think the clinical utility of the liquid biopsy has been show to warrant wide spread coverage. While I am a proponent of the liquid biopsy, I do not think it has gain "prime time" status. It has shown utility in only a few solid tumors, those of which are know to be active cell shedders. It will be interesting to see if payers will pick up coverage of the test.

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