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Decode, Illumina to Co-develop, Sell Molecular Diagnostics

NEW YORK, May 15 (GenomeWeb News) - Decode Genetics and Illumina plan to co-develop and commercialize DNA-based diagnostics in several major disease areas, the firms said today.


According to the firms, the partnership will use Illumina's platform for high-multiplex SNP-genotyping to develop diagnostics for gene variants that Decode has shown to be risk factors for various diseases.


Under the terms of the agreement, Illumina will gain access to disease-related biomarkers, which will be jointly validated as diagnostic panels. Illumina will market and sell these on its forthcoming BeadXpress platform, the partners said.


Illumina will also install its SNP-genotyping platform at Decode's labs in Iceland.


Initially, the companies will focus on the gene encoding leukotriene A4 hydrolase, which has been linked to heart attack; the gene encoding transcription factor 7-like 2, which is linked to type II diabetes; and the gene encoding BARD1, which is linked to breast cancer.


The companies will share development costs and split the profits from sales of the diagnostics tests.

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