NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Mass spectrometry instrument and services provider Protea Biosciences announced today that it has partnered with the the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) to develop new molecular tests to help guide cancer immunotherapies.

Under the terms of the deal, Protea will work with MGH's Vaccine and Immunotherapy Center to develop a diagnostic methodology for obtaining cancer cell molecular profiles, including the distribution of drugs within cancer cells and molecular response indicators.

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