2018 AACR Annual Meeting presentations highlight the clinical utility of Bio-Rad's Droplet Digital PCR technology for discovering epigenetic biomarkers and measuring immunotherapy response

HERCULES, Calif. — April 14, 2018 — New research showcasing the importance of Bio-Rad’s Droplet Digital PCR (ddPCR) technology in clinical applications will be featured in more than 60 presentations at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting in Chicago, April 14-18.

Droplet Digital PCR

One growing application area of ddPCR technology is guiding therapeutic decisions. Doctors need to know as quickly as possible whether their prescribed treatment is working or not so they can adjust the regimen. The key in making that determination is identifying and consistently measuring a biomarker that can indicate treatment outcome. Use of ddPCR technology in the clinic is increasing due to the technology’s ability to reliably detect and quantify these biomarkers, as well as ddPCR’s technical simplicity, speed, and cost-effectiveness.

Researchers continue to find novel ways to explore these biomarkers using ddPCR technology, whether they are epigenetic markers to determine cancer recurrence after surgery or cell-free DNA (cfDNA) derived from a tumor that reveals the effectiveness of immunotherapy. Below, we highlight a few of these studies that will be presented at this year’s AACR meeting.

Using ddPCR Technology to Identify a Potential Epigenetic Biomarker of Lung Cancer

For patients with early-stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), the


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