NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Bellwether Bio, a liquid biopsy startup that recently spun out of the University of Washington, has raised almost $2.8 million in seed financing.

The company, cofounded by UW professor Jay Shendure and Matthew Snyder, a former graduate student in Shendure's lab, aims to commercialize technology based on determining fragmentation patterns in circulating cell-free DNA. Snyder is chief technology officer at Bellwether Bio, while Shendure, a professor in the Department of Genome Sciences, will serve as head of the company's scientific advisory board.

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