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Bridging The Gap With Liquid Biopsies: How It Brings Precision Medicine Closer To Reality

Friday June 19 2020 | 4:00pm - 5:00pm BST (UTC+1)

Presented by Qing Kang-Fortner, Associate Director, Syros Pharmaceuticals

  • Cancer liquid biopsies based on circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA)
  • The roles of ctDNA from early clinical development to real-world patient care
  • Successful examples of moving ctDNA-based liquid biopsies into the clinic

Qing Kang-Fortner, Ph.D. is the Associate Director in Translational Medicine at Syros Pharmaceuticals, Inc., where she leads the oncology clinical biomarker research and companion diagnostic strategies/development for the ongoing Phase 1 and Phase 2 clinical trials. Previously she held a Scientist position at Progenity, Inc., where she led the oncology and liver disease biomarker discovery and validation, with a focus of utilizing next generation sequencing to develop diagnostic tests that influence clinical decisions. Prior to joining Progenity, she was a research fellow in Dr. Muneesh Tewari’s laboratory at the University of Michigan, where she led a multidisciplinary team to study circulating tumor DNA both in blood and urine as a non-invasive approach to detect and monitor cancer patients and also served as a group member of Cancer Moonshot Blood Profiling Atlas Program. She received a B. E. in Bioengineering from China Pharmaceutical University and a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Genetics from Indiana University Bloomington.

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