INDUSTRY TRENDS

Despite 23andMe Authorization, FDA Cautious About PGx Testing

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provided 23andMe (Mountain View, Calif.) authorization for the first direct-to-consumer (DTC) test for detecting genetic variants that may be associated … [Read more...]

TESTING STRATEGY

FDA Enabling New Point-of-Care Tests for Ebola Outbreak, Flu Season

Several recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) actions are bringing point-of-care (POC) infectious disease tests closer to patient care. These recent regulatory wins are enabling more rapid … [Read more...]

INDUSTRY TRENDS

One-Fourth of Myriad’s Variants of Unknown Significance Reclassified Over 10 Years

Variant reclassification following hereditary cancer genetic testing is common, according to a study published by Myriad Genetics (Salt Lake City) Sept. 25 in the Journal of the American Medical … [Read more...]

INDUSTRY TRENDS

Industry Report: Venture Capitalists Remain High on Healthcare

Healthcare startups remain highly attractive to venture capitalists drawing $10.6 billion in investments in the first half of 2018, the most of any industry sector other than internet companies and … [Read more...]

PRECISION MEDICINE

Report Finds Genetic Tests and Their Reimbursement Increasingly Complex

The health care technology company Concert Genetics (formerly NextGxDx; Nashville, Tenn.) recently released its third edition of The Current Landscape of Genetic Testing, a comprehensive report … [Read more...]

PRECISION MEDICINE

New Study Provides Most Comprehensive Overview of Genetic Test Development, Usage and Spending

As might be expected, there has been rapid growth in genetic test availability and spending on these tests since 2014. But, comprehensive new collaborative analysis conducted by Concert Genetics … [Read more...]

TOP OF THE NEWS

Genetic Testing Emerges As New Trendy Workplace Benefit

West Coast technology companies competing for talent in a tight job market have begun offering novel health-related benefits, like overnight breast-milk shipping and elective egg freezing. … [Read more...]

INDUSTRY TRENDS

Home-Based Hospital Care Model Cuts Lab Utilization

Hospital care is notoriously expensive and potentially risky for older adults. There is interest in the home-hospital concept where acute services are provided in a patient's home, with the hope of … [Read more...]

TOP OF THE NEWS

Screening Blood Donations for Zika, Costly With Low Yields

Screening the entire U.S. blood supply for Zika virus may not be worth the $42 million price tag. Fifteen months of screening all donations to the American Red Cross yielded only nine Zika-positive … [Read more...]

COURT CASES

Industry Trends: Small Labs Relying on Antitrust Laws to Protect Their Market Position

Frustrated by the consolidation taking place within the medical lab testing market, small and mid-sized labs that have not been swallowed up are fighting back by filing antitrust lawsuits against the … [Read more...]


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