NEW YORK, June 20 – Genomics Collaborative has signed a deal with The Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York City to gather patient data to identify and validate gene targets related to rheumatoid arthritis, the organizations announced Wednesday.

Genomics Collaborative of Cambridge, Mass. will fund the three-year research effort while gaining exclusive rights to any products as a result of the collaboration. Genomics Collaborative would not disclose the amount of research funding.

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