NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – MolecularMD said today it is working with drug firm Novartis to develop a companion diagnostic that can help determine which Philadelphia chromosome-positive chronic myeloid leukemia patients have achieved durable minimal residual disease after treatment with Tasigna (nilotinib).

Tasigna is Novartis' next-generation tyrosine kinase inhibitor used to treat patients with newly diagnosed Philadelphia chromosome-positive CML in chronic phase.

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