Foundation Medicine, Inc. (NASDAQ:FMI) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted a Breakthrough Device designation (formerly Expedited Access Pathway program) for its new liquid biopsy assay, which is an expanded version of its FoundationACT® assay. The new assay will include more than 70 genes and genomic biomarkers for microsatellite instability (MSI) and blood tumor mutational burden (bTMB). If approved, this test could be the first FDA-approved liquid biopsy assay to incorporate multiple companion diagnostics (CDx) and multiple biomarkers to inform the use of targeted oncology therapies, including immunotherapies.
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