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Summit, Colorado Center for Personalized Medicine to Develop Saliva Tests for COVID, Head & Neck Cancer

AURORA, Colo., Oct. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Summit Biolabs, Inc., an early-stage molecular diagnostics company specializing in saliva-based testing for COVID-19 and head & neck cancer, and the Colorado Center for Personalized Medicine (CCPM) at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus announced today a broad strategic collaboration involving research, development and commercialization of saliva liquid-biopsy tests for early cancer detection and diagnosis of COVID-19 and other viral contagions.

The CCPM holds one of the largest research biobanks in the United States with clinical data from more than 8.7 million de-identified patient records and plans to integrate the data with personalized genomic information.

“This partnership brings two innovative programs together to optimize COVID testing at a time when it’s desperately needed,” says Kathleen Barnes, Ph.D., Professor and Director of CCPM at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. “Collaborations like this are crucial in moving research forward and advancing and expanding clinical testing to as many members of our community as possible. Working with Summit Biolabs, and leveraging technology developed by our colleagues here at the Anschutz Medical Campus, will help us achieve these goals and establish a non-invasive testing process that will benefit patients in Colorado and beyond.”

Summit Biolabs is developing breakthrough tests to improve the detection of COVID-19 and to advance the early detection of human cancers, including head & neck cancer, using simple, non-invasive saliva liquid-biopsy technology developed by Dr. Shi-Long Lu and colleagues at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Head & neck cancer has been scientifically overlooked, yet is medically important. Summit Biolabs’ research foundation and competency in head & neck cancer diagnosis enabled the company’s pivot to saliva-based testing for coronavirus, COVID-19.

“We are excited to collaborate with CCPM to develop and commercialize Summit Biolabs’ portfolio of developmental saliva or non-blood liquid-biopsy tests.” said Bob Blomquist, Chief Executive Officer at Summit Biolabs. “This collaboration broadens and strengthens Summit Biolabs’ ability to bring to market life-changing saliva liquid-biopsy tests that ultimately enable better treatment and improved outcomes for patients.”

About Summit Biolabs

Summit Biolabs is harnessing the power of saliva-based diagnostics to address critical challenges in COVID-19 and head & neck cancer testing. Founded on the discoveries of Dr. Shi-Long Lu, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology, Summit Biolabs is being spun out from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

Summit Biolabs is pioneering early detection of head & neck cancer recurrence using a first of its kind saliva liquid-biopsy test, HNKlear. HNKlear is a proprietary, non-invasive saliva test that provides more effective, more accurate, and earlier detection of head and neck cancer recurrence than traditional diagnostic methods. Summit Biolabs is leveraging its core competencies in saliva-based molecular diagnostics and viral nucleic acid testing (i.e., oral oncogenic human papillomavirus detection) to diagnose COVID-19. Along with our clinical and laboratory partners, Summit Biolabs is developing the first comprehensive panel of highly-accurate saliva-based tests for COVID-19 infection, quantitation, and immune response. Summit Biolabs is headquartered in Aurora, Colorado.

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Dentist ‘sliced the neck of ex-fiance’s new girlfriend with a razor blade before pretending to be worried neighbor’

AN orthodontist has been accused of slashing her ex-fiance’s new girlfriend with a razor blade in a vicious attack that allegedly saw her lunge out from behind the victim’s driver’s seat.

Alika Crew, 42, of New Rochelle, was arraigned Wednesday for charges of second-degree attempted murder, three counts of first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault, first-degree unlawful imprisonment and criminal possession of a weapon for the alleged attack, according to Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr.

She pleaded not guilty to all charges.  

An orthodontist has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly trying to stab her ex fiancé's new girlfriend with a razor blade.

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An orthodontist has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly trying to stab her ex fiancé’s new girlfriend with a razor blade.Credit: Stein Dental Group
The attacker can allegedly be seen wearing black while pretending to be a concerned neighbor

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The attacker can allegedly be seen wearing black while pretending to be a concerned neighborCredit: CBS

In a news release, Scarpino said Crew – who works at a dental practice in Stamford, Connecticut- lunged “from a crouching position behind the driver’s seat in the victim’s car” on July 28.

The incident allegedly took place a few blocks from where Crew and her ex-fiancé were still living together as the victim drove away from the house after spending the night.

“The victim fled from the car, only to be caught by Crew after a short chase,” Scarpino continued.

Dentist ‘sliced the neck of ex-fiance’s new girlfriend with a razor blade before pretending to be worried neighbor

“Crew then sliced the victim’s neck with a razor blade causing significant and possibly permanent damage to the neck, as well as to the victim’s hand, which was cut when the victim tried to push Crew away.”

Crew allegedly used a razor blade to slice the victim’s neck, causing significant and possibly permanent damage to her neck. The victim’s hand was also badly cut from attempting to push Crew away, according to court documents. 

But what allegedly came next was truly stunning.

“When neighbors came to aid the victim, Crew left the scene, but then returned moments later and pretended to be an additional concerned neighbor,” Scarpino said.

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“When police arrived, the victim pointed Crew out as the attacker and police arrested the accused at the scene.”

Crew is now out on bail and scheduled to return to court November 2.

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Police: Stamford dentist slashed neck of woman in love triangle


STAMFORD — A local dentist has been indicted for attempted murder after New York police say she attacked her former fiancé’s new girlfriend with a razor blade.

Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. said Alika Crew, 42, of New Rochelle, N.Y., has been indicted by a Grand Jury for the July 28 attempted murder of another woman.

Crew was arraigned Wednesday in Westchester County Court before Judge David Zuckerman on charges of second-degree attempted murder, three counts of first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault, first-degree unlawful imprisonment and criminal possession of a weapon.


Crew pleaded not guilty to the charges, according to lohud.com.

New Rochelle Police Capt. Cosmo Costa said Crew was employed as a dentist in Stamford. Crew is listed as an orthodontist on the Stein Dental Group’s website. A person who answered the phone at the Springdale office declined to comment on Thursday.



According to her bio on the dental group’s website, Crew grew up in Maryland before attending Brown University, the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and The Case Western School of Dental Medicine, where she received her orthodontic certificate and master’s degree in the science of dentistry.


According to the website, Crew has been employed with the dental group “for many years.”

Prosecutors allege that Crew attacked her former fiancé’s new girlfriend, lunging at her from behind the driver’s seat in the victim’s car.


The victim got out of the car and tried to run away, but Crew caught up to her and sliced the woman’s neck with a razor blade, causing significant and possibly permanent damage, prosecutors said. The victim also sustained a serious cut to her hand when she tried to push Crew away, prosecutors said.

The attack occurred a few blocks from where Crew and her ex-fiancé were still living together as the victim was leaving the house after spending the night, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said Crew initially left the scene as neighbor’s came the victim’s aid. Crew then returned and pretended to be a “concerned neighbor,” prosecutor said.

The victim identified Crew as the attacker and she was arrested at the scene, prosecutors said.


Crew, who has been free on $200,000 bond, is scheduled to return to court on Nov. 2.

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Stamford dentist slashed neck of woman in love triangle

STAMFORD — A local dentist has been indicted for attempted murder after New York police say she attacked her former fiancé’s new girlfriend with a razor blade.



a car parked on the side of a building: Alika Crew, 42, of New Rochelle, N.Y. has been indicted for the attempted murder of her ex-fiance’s new girlfriend, prosecutors say.


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Alika Crew, 42, of New Rochelle, N.Y. has been indicted for the attempted murder of her ex-fiance’s new girlfriend, prosecutors say.


Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. said Alika Crew, 42, of New Rochelle, N.Y., has been indicted by a Grand Jury for the July 28 attempted murder of another woman.

Crew was arraigned Wednesday in Westchester County Court before Judge David Zuckerman on charges of second-degree attempted murder, three counts of first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault, first-degree unlawful imprisonment and criminal possession of a weapon.

Crew pleaded not guilty to the charges, according to lohud.com.

New Rochelle Police Capt. Cosmo Costa said Crew was employed as a dentist in Stamford. Crew is listed as an orthodontist on the Stein Dental Group’s website. A person who answered the phone at the Springdale office declined to comment on Thursday.

According to her bio on the dental group’s website, Crew grew up in Maryland before attending Brown University, the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and The Case Western School of Dental Medicine, where she received her orthodontic certificate and master’s degree in the science of dentistry.

According to the website, Crew has been employed with the dental group “for many years.”

Prosecutors allege that Crew attacked her former fiancé’s new girlfriend, lunging at her from behind the driver’s seat in the victim’s car.

The victim got out of the car and tried to run away, but Crew caught up to her and sliced the woman’s neck with a razor blade, causing significant and possibly permanent damage, prosecutors said. The victim also sustained a serious cut to her hand when she tried to push Crew away, prosecutors said.

The attack occurred a few blocks from where Crew and her ex-fiancé were still living together as the victim was leaving the house after spending the night, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said Crew initially left the scene as neighbor’s came the victim’s aid. Crew then returned and pretended to be a “concerned neighbor,” prosecutor said.

The victim identified Crew as the attacker and she was arrested at the scene, prosecutors said.

Crew, who has been free on $200,000 bond, is scheduled to return to court on Nov. 2.

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