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  • February 2022
  • 24 minutes

Liquid Biopsy Technology and its Impacts on Insurance

  • Dr. Daniel D. Zimmerman
  • Dr. Heather M. Lund
  • Andrew Gaskell
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This video was developed in conjunction with actuview, the first permanent international media platform for actuaries ( actuview content reflects contributions from actuarial institutions, corporate partners and industry professionals. RGA is actuview’s sponsoring partner.

RGA's Dan Zimmerman, Heather Lund and Andrew Gaskell explore the current clinical applications and future potential of liquid biopsy technologies. These simple blood tests promise to be far less intrusive, improving the patient experience and outcomes.

Perhaps most important, liquid biopsies offer a powerful path to multi-cancer early detection. The tests have the potential to identify between 50 to 100 types of cancers that currently lack screens. Many are most often diagnosed at very late stages when the patient presents with symptoms, and the mortality outcomes are poor as a result.

RGA's experts provide an insurance perspective, delving into challenges from anti-selection to overdiagnosis and discussing product design considerations. Liquid biopsies seem likely to revolutionize oncology, and insurers must take care to fully understand this technology and its implications. 

See also:  The Promise of Liquid Biopsy in Advancing Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment 

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Meet the Authors & Experts

Dan Zimmerman
Dr. Daniel D. Zimmerman
Senior Vice President, Chief Science Advisor
Dr. Heather Lund
Dr. Heather M. Lund
Regional Chief Medical Officer, RGA Asia
Andrew Gaskell
Andrew Gaskell
Vice President, Global Actuarial Pricing and Research