Twist Bioscience and Aster Insights Partner on Launch of Next Generation Oncology Panel for Cancer Research
April 27, 2023
Comprehensive capture panel to enable enhanced bioinformatics-based oncology research
South San Francisco, CA and Tampa, FL / April 27, 2023 - Twist Bioscience Corporation (NASDAQ: TWST), a company enabling customers to succeed through its offering of high-quality synthetic DNA using its silicon platform, and Aster Insights, a bioinformatics company with the most advanced, direct-patient, lifetime-consented clinicogenomics data to accelerate oncology discovery research, today announced the availability of the AsterExome panel, which can simultaneously enable whole exome sequencing (WES) with additional coverage for target regions known to contain 620 genes associated with cancer. By integrating the panel into Aster Insights’ AVATAR® sequencing program, AsterExome can provide comprehensive analysis in the discovery research market for solid tumor and heme malignancy samples.
“This new panel, built with Twist’s design expertise and custom NGS tools, delivers critical innovation in oncology research, creating greater efficiency and markedly increasing coverage of cancer genes, including those associated with solid tumors, to help expedite discovery,” said Dan Elgort, Chief Data and Analytics Officer of Aster Insights. “With this new tool in our arsenal, we expect to provide a precise, expansive analysis for patient care.”
“We were able to blend targets from Aster Insights with Twist’s Exome 2.0 design to create a custom panel with high accuracy, efficiently designed to enable cancer research,” said Emily M. Leproust, CEO and co-founder of Twist Bioscience. “This custom panel provides balanced coverage of cancer-associated genes that are easily detected, as well as those that often go undetected.”
The AsterExome panel’s unique design helps facilitate identification of copy number variations that are often undetected by standard next-generation sequencing (NGS) panels, which can be helpful in identifying cancers driven by gene amplifications. The panel also maintains somatic mutation detection accuracy, sensitivity, and precision for the discovery of a wide range of somatic alterations.
The AsterExome panel will be integrated into Aster Insights’ AVATAR program, which can enable informatics-based analysis of paired tumor and germline DNA and RNA sequencing data from patients consented via the Total Cancer Care® (TCC) protocol. Aster Insight’s real-world AVATAR data set comes from its Oncology Research Information Exchange Network® (ORIEN) partners, an alliance of 18 of the nation’s top cancer centers across more than a dozen U.S. states. ORIEN focuses on collaborative research to accelerate the development and discovery of treatments for advanced stage cancers and improve clinical outcomes for cancer patients worldwide. To date, more than 360,000 patients across ORIEN member sites have provided lifetime consent using the TCC protocol.
About Aster Insights
Aster Insights is a leading oncology-focused bioinformatics solutions company advancing precision medicine and transforming cancer care through clinical and molecular data and analytics tools. The company’s innovative dataset accelerates the discovery, development, and delivery of personalized therapies. Aster Insights is the only bioinformatics company that has lifetime, patient-consented longitudinal clinical data, coupled with whole exome (WES) and whole transcriptome (WTS) sequencing, for both tumor and germline data. Aster Insight's Oncology Research Information Exchange Network® (ORIEN), an alliance of NCI-Designated cancer centers that gather de-identified and lifetime-consented clinical and genomic patient data for research purposes, enables a collaborative approach to medical product discovery. Learn more at www.AsterInsights.com and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.
About Twist Bioscience Corporation
Twist Bioscience is a leading and rapidly growing synthetic biology and genomics company that has developed a disruptive DNA synthesis platform to industrialize the engineering of biology. The core of the platform is a proprietary technology that pioneers a new method of manufacturing synthetic DNA by “writing” DNA on a silicon chip. Twist is leveraging its unique technology to manufacture a broad range of synthetic DNA-based products, including synthetic genes, tools for next-generation sequencing (NGS) preparation, and antibody libraries for drug discovery and development. Twist is also pursuing longer-term opportunities in digital data storage in DNA and biologics drug discovery. Twist makes products for use across many industries including healthcare, industrial chemicals, agriculture and academic research.
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