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BioServe, NeoCodex Ink Co-Marketing Deal for Each Other's Tissue Banks

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Human tissue repository companies BioServe and NeoCodex have penned an agreement that will enable the firms to distribute each other’s products.
 
Terms of the deal give BioServe access to NeoCodex’s bio-repository of DNA, FFPE, fluid, and tissue samples collected from Spain’s "uniquely homogenous” population.
 
In return, NeoCodex will gain access to BioServe’s Global Repository, a 600,000-sample bank of tissue, DNA, and serum “linked to detailed clinical and demographic data” from 140,000 patients collected on four continents.
 
Financial terms of the agreement were not released.

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