NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – MetaStat today said it has reached two exclusive licensing agreements for the use of alternatively spliced mRNA and protein isoform biomarkers.

The agreements are with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and its David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT and its department of biology, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, and Montefiore Medical Center. The technology being licensed is for the diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of metastasis in epithelial solid tumor cancers.

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