NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – NanoString Technologies said on Tuesday that it has signed a deal with investment bank Cowen and Company to sell up to $40 million of its common stock from time to time.

Under the agreement, Cowen may sell the shares through an "at-the-market" offering, in which shares are offered at the prevailing market rates. The firm may also sell the stock by other methods, including through privately negotiated deals.

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