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Five Prime Therapeutics announced a collaboration with Roche to develop immunohistochemistry companion diagnostic assays for use with the clinical-stage biotechnology company’s first-in-class investigational drug candidates: the anti-FGFR2b antibody bemarituzumab (also known as FPA144) and the a B7-H4 antibody FPA150.

Roche announced U.S. FDA approval of the Ventana ALK (D5F3) CDx Assay as a companion diagnostic to identify ALK-positive non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients eligible for treatment with the Novartis drug Zykadia (ceritinib). The Ventana ALK (D5F3) Assay is the only immunohistochemistry (IHC) test approved by the FDA as a companion diagnostic for Zykadia.