NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Shanghai Biotechnology, a Chinese biomarker discovery firm, and Akesogen, a Norcross, Ga.-based genomic contract resources organization, announced yesterday they will form a strategic business development alliance that will enable the firms to work on joint projects with pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients in the US and Asia.

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