Science Webinar Series

Winning the Translational Race: Making Good Choices in Biomarker Assay Development for the Clinic

Science  04 Oct 2013:
Vol. 342, Issue 6154, pp. 133
DOI: 10.1126/science.342.6154.133-c

Summary

In an effort to develop more tailored approaches to managing disease, there has been a surge in biomarker research aimed at providing truly personalized medicine. The increase in interest over the past 20 years suggests great promise that biomarkers will transform patient treatment. However, despite the optimism and intense research, relatively few are in routine clinical use today. Attention has now turned to actively translating actionable biomarkers and biomarker signatures into clinical utility—not an easy task. The major reasons for clinical failure of biomarkers are poor experimental design and inappropriate choice of assay. It is therefore critical to carefully construct biomarker discovery and validation studies using the most appropriate assays, and to develop these into validated analytical methods suitable for clinical practice. This webinar will review the unprecedented range of technology choices, and provide insight into the challenges confronting researchers when selecting the right biomarker to pursue and the best assay to develop for the clinic.