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December 13, 2013
17:37 EDTNSTGNanoString: PAM50-based Prosigna Assay may help identify at risk patients
NanoString Technologies announced new results from a combined analysis of the Austrian Breast & Colorectal Cancer Study Group 8 and Trans-Arimidex, Tamoxifen, Alone or in Combination studies. These results, which evaluated samples from 2,137 patients, suggest that the PAM50-based Prosign Breast Cancer Prognostic Gene Signature Assay may help identify women with late distant recurrence after five years of endocrine treatment. Using the Prosigna Assay, the study investigators classified patient tumors by subtype and found that patients with Luminal B subtype have three times higher risk of late distant recurrence than patients with Luminal A subtype tumors. Results were presented today at the 2013 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. “Women with estrogen receptor positive breast cancer have a high risk of recurrence for at least 10 years after diagnosis, even after five years of endocrine therapy. To provide better care for these women, more informative biomarkers are needed to help predict risk of late recurrence,” said Ivana Sestak, PhD, The Centre for Cancer Prevention, Wolfson Institute of Prevention Medicine, Queen Mary University and lead investigator of this study. “As a result of our study, we determined that the risk of recurrence score, or ROR score generated by the PAM50-powered Prosigna Assay provides significant prognostic information that may be used by oncologists and pathologists to help guide care decisions for postmenopausal women with hormone receptor-positive breast cancer who may be at higher risk of late distant recurrence of disease in the absence of additional treatment.”
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April 7, 2014
07:34 EDTNSTGNanoString launches nCounter PanCancer Pathways Panel
NanoString Technologies announced the launch of the nCounter PanCancer Pathways Panel, a highly-multiplexed, digital gene expression assay that offers a way for translational researchers to investigate cancer biology across all major cancer pathways. A growing body of research has demonstrated that a pathway-based approach to the analysis of gene expression provides a framework for understanding the changes between the biology of different cancers and cancer subtypes. From a single tube, the PanCancer Pathways Panel simultaneously analyzes of all of the key cancer pathways: PI3K, STAT, MAPK, TGFß, Notch, Hedgehog, Wnt, Apoptosis, Cell Cycle, RAS, Chromatin Modification, Transcriptional Regulation and DNA Damage Control. Processing samples on the nCounter Analysis System takes just 15 minutes of hands-on time and generates reproducible data, representing a solution for studying cancer.

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