NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Drug firm Sequella today announced the licensing of its B-Smart nucleic acid-based technology to Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings for an undisclosed amount.

Under the terms of the agreement, LabCorp will use the B-Smart system to develop a laboratory-based antibiotic susceptibility assay for Mycobacterium tuberculosis. LabCorp will also commercially use the assay in the US.

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