Personalized medicine has been a popular topic in the last few years, but when will it materialize? Experts discussed the current challenges at Labiotech Refresh.
Jean-Pol Detiffe is the CEO of OncoDNA, a company using next-generation sequencing to match patients with a personalized cancer treatment. In his opinion, one of the main challenges in the field is that “biology is complex and a successful test cannot only rely on genes“. His company addresses it by also looking at RNA and methylation. He also highlighted liquid biopsy as a big trend in the field: “we have developed a personalized blood test to see if cancer is coming back, focusing on following up with the patients“.
Marjolaine Barldo is Head EMEA at Agendia, a company with a diagnostic test that can reduce the use of chemotherapy by 46% in patients with breast cancer. Mammaprint is one of the first diagnostic tests to show robust clinical results that could lead to reimbursement,