NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Sweden-based antibody array diagnostics firm Immunovia said today that it has started a multi-center prospective validation study of its Immray PanCan-d test for the early diagnosis of individuals at high risk for familial pancreatic cancer (FPC).

The longitudinal clinical study, called Panfam-1, will use the company's blood test to analyze 1,000 people at high risk for FPC over a period of three years. The subjects will be recruited at sites in the US and in Europe that offer FPC screening programs.

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