NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Circulating tumor cell-based diagnostics firm Epic Sciences today announced an agreement with Laboratory Corporation of America aimed at speeding up sample processing for Epic's technology in support of European clinical trials.

LabCorp's Central Laboratory in Mechelen, Belgium will process samples for Epic's clinical trial partners and customers as part of the deal. The samples will then be sent to Epic's laboratory in La Jolla, Calif. for downstream detection and molecular characterization of CTCs.

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