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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Castle Biosciences today announced it has secured a $6 million credit facility from Silicon Valley Bank.

The funding will be used to support commercial and clinical activities for the firm's cutaneous melanoma test called DecisionDx-Melanoma for determining the metastatic risk of patients with melanoma, Castle President and CEO Derek Maetzold said in a statement. The financing will also be used for general operations. 

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