A first-of-its-kind blood test that can detect whether cancer is absent, imminent, or present in different stages is on its way to the market. This is a claim made by brothers Ashish Tripathi and Anish Tripathi, who lead Singapore-based molecular diagnostic company Tzar Labs Pte. Ltd. and Mumbai-based Epigeneres Biotechnology Pvt. Ltd., respectively.
The rapid development of mRNA vaccines to combat COVID-19 has highlighted the importance of this single-stranded molecule. Although there have been some costly developmental bumps along the way, interest in RNA-targeted therapies is once again surging.
RNA has “huge potential” as a therapeutic modality and is beginning to deliver on that potential. But “manufacturing RNA has issues in production, delivery and performance,” Thomas Barnes told BioWorld. Barnes is the CEO of startup Orna Therapeutics LLC, which has the goal of addressing those issues with oRNA, an engineered form of circular RNA.