CombiMatrix last week entered the increasingly competitive market for commercial microRNA microarrays by launching a portfolio of miRNA arrays and quickly setting itself up to compete against other nascent miRNA players like Invitrogen, Exiqon, and Ambion.

The move came just prior to the announcement that CombiMatrix's parent company, Acacia Research, announced plans to spin out the Mulkiteo, Wash.-based array firm by the second quarter of this year.

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