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Affy Clinical Services, DOCRO Pen Deal to Help Customers Advance Their IVDs

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Affymetrix’s Clinical Services Laboratory and IVD contract research company DOCRO have formed a partnership to help pharmaceutical companies, IVD makers, and other customers move their products toward clearance by the US Food and Drug Administration, Affymetrix said today.
Affy said the agreement offers its ACSL customers validation and clinical trial services such as protocol design, patient recruitment, clinical site training and monitoring, sample procurement, device testing, and guidance for the submission process.
Affy said DOCRO will supply its ACSL customers “a clear path and understanding of how to commercialize IVD products.”

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