Biotech company GeneThera said last week that it will expand its efforts to commercialize a diagnostic platform for Johne's disease, an uncurable bacterial disease affecting the intestinal tract of livestock, by inking licensing agreements with a pair of Italian universities.

Specifically, GeneThera said that it is currently negotiating formal licensing agreements with the Universita di Roma "Tor Vegata" and Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, which have jointly developed a potential liposome-based therapeutic for the disease.

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