NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Biodesix said today it has increased the size of its offering of Series G preferred shares in a follow-on sale, and has simultaneously entered a debt refinancing agreement with Innovatus Capital Partners for a $23 million term loan.

The company said it plans to use the additional capital to fund development of blood-based tests for guiding use of cancer immunotherapies, as well as to further the commercialization of its VeriStrat and GeneStrat lung cancer tests.

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