Keeping molecular testing in-house offers benefits for pathologists, oncologists, and patients
An interview with Wei Song, BM, PhD
Source: The Pathologist
Sponsored by: Thermo Fisher Scientific
How – and why – does your institution conduct precision oncology testing?
Precision medicine is a newly evolving discipline and, to fully realize its potential, all adequately sized institutes should be able to provide in-house genomic profiling for tumors from both tissue and plasma samples. I always think as though I’m running a startup company, so my number one consideration is the customer – who are they and what do they need? Our customers are oncologists and they need genomic profiling tests to enable their patients to benefit from novel precision oncology treatments.
Also, I believe molecular diagnostics is the future of pathology. So while centralization plays an important role currently, if we don’t practice in-house testing, we won’t be able to develop alongside the science and provide the best possible standard of care. That’s why we do as much as possible in-house – to support our clinicians and patients and to keep learning and developing.