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Pfizer and Perlegen to Study Drug Response in Major Depression Disorder

NEW YORK, Jan. 8 - Perlegen Sciences and Pfizer will jointly study drug response in patients with Major Depression Disorder, Perlegen said today.


Perlegen, of Mountain View, Calif., will use its genotyping technology to search for SNPs associated with drug response in clinical samples. Pfizer will provide research funding, milestone payments, and license the technology.


Yesterday, the two companies announced a similar collaboration in the area of metabolic syndrome.


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