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Linkage Bio Secures Seed Funding to Develop Molecular Dx for Organ, Stem Cell Transplantation

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - Molecular diagnostics startup Linkage Biosciences said yesterday that it has landed an undisclosed amount of seed financing, bringing its total funding to $1 million.
The financing was led by Greenhouse Capital Ventures, the company said.
Linkage, based in San Francisco, said it will use the funds to develop its line of genetic tests for solid organ and stem cell transplantation.

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