NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Agilent Technologies' Dako business said today that it will develop a companion diagnostic test for a cancer drug being developed by Merck.

The test will be for the analysis of the potential tumor biomarker PD-L1 as an aid in treating cancer patients with Merck's investigational anti-PD-1 antibody. Financial and other terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

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