WASHINGTON, DC, Oct. 3 – Ausam Biotechnologies is set to strike a licensing deal in the current quarter with a pair of "major US pharmaceutical companies" for its proteomic-based kidney disease diagnostic, the company’s CEO told GenomeWeb on Wednesday.

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