Inform Genomics, a Boston-based diagnostics company, said its "Oncology Preferences and Risk of Toxicity," or OnPART, test showed greater than 90 percent accuracy in predicting which cancer patients are at risk of experiencing serious side effects to various chemotherapy regimens in an early-stage study.

The company is developing the test to predict a patient’s risk for six common adverse events to combination chemotherapy regimens for colorectal, breast, lung, or ovarian cancer.

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