NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – University of Maryland startup Biomecite Diagnostics has exclusively optioned the rights from UM Baltimore to develop molecular diagnostics to detect inflammatory bowel diseases such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease.

The deal between Biomecite and University of Maryland Ventures covers technology developed by Florian Fricke and James White at the University of Maryland School of Medicine's Institute for Genome Sciences. The technology links distinctive genomic variants in the human gut microbiome to the two related, but unique forms of IBD.

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