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After being handed a cool $23.6 million from investors, OpGen has decided to turn its sails toward the clinic — clinical microbiology, that is. At the advice of investors, which include CHL Medical Partners, Highland Capital Partners, and Versant Ventures, the Madison, Wis.-based company has switched focus to developing its optical mapping tool for identifying strains of bacteria in clinical microbiology labs.

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