France-based Genfit launched NASHnext, a novel, non-invasive diagnostic test for nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) powered by the company’s proprietary diagnostic technology, NIS4. The test is offered in the United States through Labcorp.

The passing of singing great Aretha Franklin has focused attention on pancreatic cancer. Franklin, 76, succumbed to a neuroendocrine tumor of the pancreas. According to the National Cancer Institute, pancreatic cancer is relatively rare with about 55,440 cases diagnosed annually, representing about 3.2 percent of new cancer cases.

Five months after the company’s lead drug began Phase I testing, San Diego-based Crinetics Pharmaceuticals Inc. secured $63.5 million in Series B financing.