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OncoMethylome to Develop Biomarkers for GSK Biologicals' Cancer Rx

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – OncoMethylome Sciences said today it will develop DNA methylation biomarkers for GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals that the drugmaker will use in its cancer immunotherapy program. 
The Belgian company will test its portfolio of methylation markers on clinical samples from GSK Biologicals, said OncoMethylome’s CTO, Jim DiGuiseppi.
The company also said it is using a €2 million ($2.7 million) BioWin research grant it received earlier this year for cancer research to support the project.
Financial terms of the agreement were not released.

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