As steady improvements continue in the treatment of multiple myeloma, it’s important for managed care executives to get out in front of the changes on the horizon.
“Several exciting new drugs are in the market or on the verge,” says Jeffrey Scott, MD, an oncologist and chief medical officer of Integra Connect. “This means that more patients are living longer and better, and treatment increasingly resembles chronic care.”
2,000. That’s the number of genomes, Genome Asia 100K have successfully sequenced. The non-profit organisation is collaborating to sequence a total of 100,000 Asian individuals’ genomes, in a bid to help accelerate population specific medical advances and precision medicine.
Why? Well, according to the projects Scientific Chairman, Professor Stephan Schuster, “The more we undertake research of Asia; we discover that it is genetically way more diverse than expected. We want to contribute to this effort to determine which variants are genetic variants in the population.”
MedGenome wants to develop research and diagnostics around rare diseases by looking at India’s population of 1.3 billion, and today the company announced funding of $30 million to further its mission. Sequoia Capital India and Sofina co-led the round, with participation from Zodius Capital and several individual investors.
Biomarkers are biological indicators of early disease detection (diagnostic), disease progression and outcome (prognostic), and response to therapy (predictive).
Tumor cells employ a variety of different strategies to evade the host immune attack. The immune reactivity of a tumor is a measure of its inflammatory state, which is determined by a combination of tumor-intrinsic and host-derived factors.