NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Vermillion and Accelerate Diagnostics saw their share prices more than double during the first six months of 2013, pacing the GenomeWeb Daily News Index for the first half of the year.

Overall, the index was up nearly 17 percent from the end of 2012, beating the Dow Jones Industrial Average (+14 percent) and the Nasdaq Composite (+13 percent), but trailing the Nasdaq Biotech Index (+27 percent).

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