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NEW YORK – Freenome announced today that it has closed a $160 million Series B financing round, which it will use to further develop its early cancer detection blood test.

The South San Francisco, California-based firm plans to perform a validation study and submit the first application of its platform, colorectal cancer screening, to the parallel review program of the US Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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