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Roche to Invest $1.6M in Diabetes Biomarker-Discovery Research with SystemsX

NEW YORK, Dec. 14 (GenomeWeb News) - Roche announced yesterday a three-year research partnership with SystemsX, the Swiss Initiative in Systems Biology, to develop diabetes drugs and identify biomarkers.


Roche will finance 2.1 million Swiss francs ($1.6 million) for the duration of the project.


In a statement, Roche called the project a "holistic" approach.


A team of 15 scientists from Roche and SystemsX's Competence Center for Systems Physiology and Metabolic Diseases will be joined by researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and University of Zurich.

The Scan

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